Part of my job is to maintain order (and silence) in the library -- no small challenge in a room with 60+ teenaged girls. I feel like such a goob every time I hear myself say "Giiiirls, be quiet!" I just want to come up with more creative ways to convey that message. I do try to mix it up a little:

"Girls, cut it out."
"Be quiet, guys."
"Let's get quiet."
"Girls, settle down."

and my favorite, "Shhhhhhhhh!"

I just don't know how to phase the douchery out of having to say those things over and over.


  1. I know what you mean...I teach sixth grade now and find myself saying the dorkiest "teacher" phrases every day.
    "Keep it down."
    "Quiet down, everybody."
    "There's too much talking in this room."

  2. Maybe you need to develop a "look" - no words needed!


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