Use the cups during group time/center time... Stack them: (each group gets a set) Green, yellow, red. If a group gets too loud, remove the green and place under stack. If it continues, remove the yellow. Once they are on red, that particular group time is over and they begin working silently using paper and pencil Independently. ( idea from Organized Classroom Blog)....this is an old idea, but it really works!
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work boxes, have one for each student, when they finish their work they can go to their work box and pull out things to work on that the teacher has placed in there. (lets the teacher assign different things for the student/if they need extra practice in an area) - DIFFERENTIATION!