Need a way to keep students on task and working at an appropriate noise level while doing independent work? This is a simple classroom management strategy to help encourage students to work quietly and stay on task while working independently, such as during centers or small groups.
Choose what role title you prefer to call this in your class. You could call it “The On-Task Manager,” the “Quiet Monitor” or the “Quiet Queen/King.” Use one of the place card templates to match your title of choice (each one has a black & white or color option), and print. Set it on a table or other flat surface at the front of the classroom.
Place a sand timer next to the place card. If you choose the queen/king option, you could also choose to put a paper or plastic crown next to the place card and sand timer.
Once students begin working independently, find a student who starts working quietly right away. Designate that student as the first On-Task Manager/Quiet Monitor/Quiet Queen or King. That monitor gets to stand at the front of the room and flip over the sand timer. If you are using a crown, the student can also put the crown on their head when they’re the Quiet Queen or King if they want to.
The student with this role gets the job of “supervising” the class to see who is doing the best job of working quietly and staying on task. When the timer is up, they get to go and tap a student on the shoulder that they think was doing the best. That student then becomes the new monitor, and the previous student goes back to do their work. This rotation of monitors can repeat until the end of independent work time.
More tips, details, and suggestions for implementing this strategy in your classroom are included with the resource, along with the place card templates for each of the title options.
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