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Chatty class: how to get them quiet?? I’m tearing my hair out here and need help. I’m always having to be mean and yell. It’s getting old quick.

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I also have a few chatty classes, and a few things I have been trying that have seemed to help are a class point system. Anytime they have a good day, or do something well I give them class points which are building up to earn class prizes/field trip opportunities. I've also started having class jobs, which helps me with certain tasks, as well. Every student has a job and they get a "paycheck" at the end of the week. At the end of the month they can use them for prizes. but if they aren't working well (which includes proper participation) they can't get paid. I also have writing assignments for those acting out (because all of my kids seem to hate writing). One of them is a classroom etiquette guide they have to copy (for chorus particularly), another is a letter from the student to the teacher apologizing for poor choices (but in a surprisingly upbeat way), and the last is a questionnaire that they have to respond to about the importance of education in at least two sentences. Sorry for such a lengthy comment, I hope this helps!

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I am loud by nature and do not talk over them. I inform them I will wait for them to stop talking before I can teach. Try talking in a lower tone so they can barely hear you and they will hush since they and their peers will not be able to hear. Remember your friends and family deserve to hear you when you get home and you should not be straining your voice. Good luck!

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I’m in the same boat. It doesn’t matter where my students sit; they’ll talk to anyone! The only thing keeping my sanity is they’re nice to each other.

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Same here, send help

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I think having an incentive system will help a lot! I have a silent warm up but let them talk after I teach the lesson while they work on their assignments. It seems to work with them because they know they will be able to talk, just have to wait for the appropriate time. The incentive system is key to get this working though.

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If there’s someone out there who has anything to share, it would be beneficial. I too have the same issue

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I am still struggling with this but I have learned 2 things that help me I use talk tickets (3 post it notes on their desk) take one each time they blurt or are talking out of turn, when the last one is pulled, they have major consequences. It provides the student, and you, a visual reminder. A teacher friend recommended a Noise Meter. I simply write NOISE on a piece of paper and stick it to my whiteboard with a magnet. While doing group work if the noise level is too much I mark off a letter starting with “e” (sometimes 2). When the N has been marked off all talking must cease. They have noticed and learned their talk time is diminishing because of their actions. (Talking too loud or too much).

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Well, once in a while, I’ve been using the volume meter on Classcraft, and that helps some. I was happy with them yesterday when they took their first unit reading test and were very quiet. I used my “mean voice” every time anyone made a peep. Maybe that’s the key... 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Class dojo they earn points most points gets a prize from treasure chest at end of week

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