Mini-Course: Preparing for School-Entry


5 - Arranging Your Classroom for a Student with a Cochlear Implant

Classroom rules to reduce background noise

In order to reduce competing conversations in the classroom:
  • Create a "one voice" rule in the classroom and enforce having only one speaker at a time. Overlapping voices distort or obscure important messages for a child with a cochlear implant.
  • Devise a quick way to get the class's attention when the classroom gets noisy.  Establish that your signal will quiet the room immediately. For example, flash the lights. You may also say "One, two, three, eyes on me," at which your students will reply "One, two, eyes on you!" and will immediately become quiet.
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