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New Teacher News - Controlling the Classroom Chatter

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April 2013 - Controlling the Classroom Chatter

It’s time to get serious about classroom chatter and disruptions.  If you are like most teachers you have let the noise go on far too long and now you want to scream “BE QUIET.”  Even though that will provide you with a moment of solace it is not really sustainable.  But what is?  We’re here to help with suggestions and time-tested techniques to help quell verbal banter.

Do you have a great classroom chatter control tip?  Tweet it using #NTNChatter. Search Twitter using #NTNChatter for answers.

Check out these useful Controlling the Classroom posts

Controlling the Classroom Chatter Tips
  • Always start class on time.  This sets the expectation they need to be ready to go right away and leaves little time for off-task behavior. 
  • Changing the arrangement of the room can change the attitude of the class.  Comfort and predictability can increase chatter.  Push students outside their comfort zone regularly.
  • Enforce the rules.  If you say no talking during a test, remove students who break the rule.  Nothing sends a stronger message than follow-through and accountability.
  • Support healthy student discussion in your classroom by allowing students to share their views and talk productively daily.
  • Implement a non-verbal cue like the one mentioned in the CoP link above for students who are being too chatty.
  • Change the seating arrangement.
  • Contact parents (sooner rather than later).
  • Document behavior and interventions.

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Manheim Central High School 
Manhiem, PA
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