Three Ways to Deal with a Chatty Classroom
Lesson Objective: Learn how to curb classroom chatter
All Grades, All Subjects, Class Culture

Thought starters

  1. How does a silent start affect classroom culture?
  2. What silent signals could you use in your classroom?
  3. How does using talk moves encourage productive talk?
1 Comment

The silent start is awesome! I'm starting this in my classroom on Monday. Silent signals are good to use in my classroom also because I do have those students who wait and hope that they are not called upon. Productive talk helps to promote speaking and listening skills. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  • - - Good morning, Kathy. - Good morning, Dorothy. - Good morning, good morning. The beginning of class is really

    - - Good morning, Kathy. - Good morning, Dorothy. - Good morning, good morning. The beginning of class is really important to me. And so, the first thing I do when students enter is I greet them each at the door, and I'm holding a sign that says I heart a silent start. - Good morning, Nandi. - Good morning. - We call them silent signals. You'll see students showing their agreement, their disagreement, they need clarification, volume, keep on going, complete sentence. How do you feel about that, class? - We can't change the divisor, you can only change-- - Talk moves are a way to encourage discourse in the classroom. The first talk move that I learned was repeating. Can you explain what she just did up there? Another talk move is adding on. So what do you think, Jason, about what she said? Children were used to, the teacher called on that person, so I'm going to check out until she calls on me. And then, suddenly, it was like whoa, you need to pay attention. - I would like to add something what Jason-- - Yeah. - Said.

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