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Any strategies to help students to stop blurting and interrupting lessons? I have had many mini-lessons and conversations during Morning Meeting, constantly reviewing expectations and the class rules that we co-created, had the school counselor reinforce the idea with a counseling lesson. I am running out of ideas and would love any and all ideas. Thank you all!!

Nov 20, 2017 6:22pm

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    • Nov 21, 2017 6:26am

      Maybe you could create with the students all the punishments that they'll have to suffer in any situation that happens. For example if you decide that each student that talks out of place has a 0.1 point less in an exam or an activity they will punish themselfs and in consequence teach themselfs to have a good behaviour inside the class and respects for the class rules as they have decided and agreed each punishment. Sorry if there is something that you don't understand, I'm not native. Hope I helped.

      • Nov 21, 2017 3:27pm

        You may have already tried this; but, my most effective strategy is changing my approach. Meaning... I try to keep my lessons light and entertaining and students know that if I can't get through what I need to without being "me" then I have to teach it the boring way. It stinks for a day or two.

        • Nov 21, 2017 5:31pm

          Meg, thank you for the suggestion! I have tried that but it doesn't phase my students that if they can't cooperate and follow the expectations of the engaging lesson we have to do it the "boring way." It does stink for sure! :( Especially for me, because I LOVE making my lessons engaging...

          • Nov 27, 2017 8:57am

            I tell my students that, "I only respond to raised hands". If they want to participate, they must raise their hands or be ignored. I also give them "the look". The get in line really quickly. finally, I have a card with yellow stickers and one with red ones. I discreetly place the sticker on their desk as a "warning". After 3 yellow stickers they get a red one. That means no recess. It has been weeks since any one has gotten a yellow sticker. I think they got it!! Keeping students engaged is key.

            • Nov 26, 2017 7:11pm

              Every student learns in a different way. Give lots of partner share talk time during your lessons, or cooperative work groups so that students have chances to speak and share thoughts. IF they are speaking out to be the center of attention, then take that away from the student. Tell them ahead of time that they've been distracting your ability to think while teaching and that they'll have three chances. Agree upon a signal - touch your ear or put up a one finger. Whenever they call out or disrupt, make the sign without acknowledging them individually. Second interruption, make the sign and have them get up and.sit at the back of the class - one step removed. Third interruption, motion for them to sit outside of the class at a designated spot, but they are responsible for the information, so they'll need to stay in at another time of the day to make up the lesson. They'll miss recess, lunch or choice activities and find that their "audience" (you and the class) is removed from paying attention to them. DO THIS ALL WITHOUT ANY EMOTION - don't show frustration, anger, or whatever. Don't do the motion angrily, just matter-of-fact one, two and three. Don't argue ever either! Consistency counts! Hope this helps!

              • Nov 26, 2017 9:59pm

                In our school we use Class Dojo, an online program which has been very effective. It allows us to reward students by giving them points for participation, behavior and cooperation. Also, it allows the parents to participate just by providing their cell phone number. We can take a quick picture of the students in action and send messages to the parents that they receive on their cell phones. Parents can also communicate with us, minimizing the number of phone calls. The program has many good features that are very effective in keeping the students on track.

                • Nov 28, 2017 6:03pm

                  Thank you Cari Hutchinson! I will try the stop sign idea! I actually have read My Mouth is a Volcano with my class and remind them of it at the end of Morning Meeting everyday, but i will try using the stop sign analogy-thank you again!!!