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Challenging a Chatty Class

Found In: discipline, noise control, routines & procedures, staying on task, tracking behavior

When I have had very chatty groups, I have used a strategy of marking tallies on the board for every 10 seconds I had to wait for silence and eye contact. These tallies represented time that students would lose for working in groups, and once they saw that time disappearing and knew they would be working alone and silently, they stopped talking and listened to whatever I needed to announce. When the issue was their volume, I used the same method and stopped marking tallies when the volume was appropriate.


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