White Noise and Teaching

Wed 23 May 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

It can be difficult to be the first student to talk in a quite classroom. I have been experimenting with the use of white noise to raise the overall din in the room and encourage taking more quickly.

When I teach I try to encourage peer and group discussions. Activities such as think-pair-share, brainstorming and just group problem solving happen in of my classes. I have started pumping white noise into the room during these work times. I do this more often when class size is low, there is low energy (such as after lunch) or the activity starts with a coding exercise where students work individually.

I feel that by using the white noise it encourages talking. A quite room can Coffitivity.com