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You are lecturing in your class. You don’t lecture during every class session, and often have class sessions that center around group activities or discussion. You have a friendly approach to your students, and they are comfortable with the course work and with you. But on this day, as you do your best to present to students new information that they need, you notice Student A and their friend Student B talking, openly and loudly. It is clear by their body language, their excessive laughter, and the words you overhear that they are not discussing course content. You make eye contact, alerting them to the fact that you recognize their discussion and that you want it to stop. They stop talking. A few moments later, they start again, but this time they are whispering. You verbally ask them to stop. You notice other students looking over and getting distracted from the students talking. Even the stern looks do not encourage the two students to stop talking. They continue to talk and laugh.

Jun 14, 2016 1:11pm

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    • Jun 19, 2016 3:25am

      I'm guessing your question is what to do next?
      Simple, separate them for that lesson. Give a warning, they still talk, move one....

      • Aug 31, 2016 11:17am

        Tom, I love that you're nice. I'm going to have to be the bad cop but depending on the maturity of the age group like if they're in middle to high school, I'd kick their keesters out of class after the evil eye. Of course this is after you have gone over the classroom norms in the first day and have been reminding them. Actually, by high school, again depending on their maturity, no reminder should be necessary, just follow through and no feelings.

        • Aug 31, 2016 1:44pm

          Michael- haha. I gotcha and I agree. Different strokes for different folks & one size doesn't fit all. I guess that the correct choice for Kristina would depend on her students and her relationship with those students.