Children are noisy. This is something people often don’t appreciate if they don’t work in schools, as can be seen by the recurring experiments with “open plan classrooms” that seem to happen every few years. Before I became a teacher, if I walked past a school at break or lunchtime, I was shocked by the sheer volume emitted by even very young kids playing. As a secondary teacher, I have noticed how kids are sometimes so noisy at break and lunch times, particularly if it’s windy, that even the politest kids might come into the classroom unintentionally shouting because that is the volume they’ve been talking at during their break.
Year 7 student: “HELLO, SIR!”
Me, standing back and covering my ears: “Hello. Why are you shouting?”
Year 7 student, now at the volume of a light aircraft taking off: “I’M NOT SHOUTING!”
Me, ears ringing: Okay…
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