December 21, 2005
One of the first things I teach my kids is how to use their inside voices, and how to talk to their neighbors. They're not allowed to get out of their seats, and they can only talk to someone sitting near them. We practice both frequently during the first few months of school. Now, if I need a few minutes to gather my supplies or prepare for the next lesson, I let them have five minutes to talk to their neighbor. When I start my lesson, I remind them that I've given them time to talk, and now it's time to listen. It gives me a few minutes, and it gives them some social development time.