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Despite extensive explaining, modeling, and having students practice my behavior expectations repeatedly last year, I still spent so much time dealing with students who were interrupting teaching or talking/whispering to their neighbor during instruction. I'm trying to figure out how to do things differently this next year and need some advice. I teach 3rd graders.

Jun 6, 2016 12:04pm

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    • Jun 11, 2016 10:38am

      One of the things that helps me is to change up my reward system every six weeks or so. Play money that can be turned in for prizes, clips, signing the book, etc. Try keeping it fresh. The classroom economy model always lasts the longest for me as I change up what they can use their bucks for. :-)

      • Jun 14, 2016 9:26am

        Also class rewards can be helpful. For example, a marble jar that has to get 25 marbles in it and then a reward for the class ("marble party"). Marbles can be put in for good behavior from the class as a whole (and also be lost from too much talking during instruction). Marble parties can be anything from movie/popcorn, trip to playground, game day, etc.

        • Aug 30, 2016 12:50pm

          I love the other suggestions. I would also add- Have the class help develop a classroom code of conduct. Its an amazing exercise (based on my history, they will try to make things super tough) and if they have ownership then they are more likely to follow/help enforce the rules through positive peer pressure.