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Looking for some strategies to quiet a "chatty" elementary classroom.

Apr 25, 2018 4:47pm

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    • May 2, 2018 6:17pm

      Teach a lesson on the difference between discussion time and lesson (or even lecture) time. Make a t-chart showing the difference in expectations and come up with a signal so they know when you are entering "lecture time".

      • May 14, 2018 9:57am

        Try using some fun callbacks (ex- T: Holy Moly! S: Guacamole! or T: Macaroni and Cheese S: Everybody Freeze!). You can try doing different voices with it too to make it fun for the kids. By teaching them different callbacks, they never know which one you are going to use so they have to pay attention and think about it. Of course, you have to teach what you expect the students to do along with it (stop what you are doing, silent, look at teacher, etc.).

        You can try class points or table points for when the class or table groups all respond and follow the expectations. When the class or a group gets to a certain number of points they receive a reward (like extra recess, free time, shoes off, etc.). If you do group points, keep going so that each group eventually receives the reward and you can change the reward for groups that have already received it.

        Another suggestion is to incorporate pair share and other times students discuss the content so they can get some of that talking out in productive ways.

        • Apr 28, 2018 8:27am

          make a essential agreement maybe ...