Literacy PK-3

Systems Change

Sound Level


Providing ways for students to adjust sound level supports individual auditory needs. By hearing and concentrating on sounds in their learning space, students develop sound awareness of math talk and vocabulary.

Use It in the Classroom

See how new furniture in a classroom setting allows for flexible and dynamic learning spaces. This video also provides ideas for how classrooms can be set up using existing furniture to change the sound level for instruction.

  • Research shows that the inability to hear sounds correctly can result in a student not being able to notice differences in words and word parts important for understanding directions, content, and learning. To allow for varied levels of auditory support, a teacher allow for students to choose how close they sit to their teachers during all-class time, as well as provide spaces where students can work individually and in groups. Such learning spaces also support students in developing Sensory Integration and Self-regulation skills.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    Watch how a teacher can use an FM Transmitter to provide additional auditory support for sound level in the classroom. Developers can consider providing this kind of audio control in their products to support learning.

  • Students who require additional auditory support to help with Hearing can use assistive technologies that send the teacher's voice directly to a hearing aid.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy