Math Educators

How do you handle a class that can’t work independently without talking constantly?They’re not really a problem when I’m lecturing, but when I give homework afterwards they just talk and talk!

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Music, I play music in the background and will catch many of them singing, but working constantly. One day I threw on pandora and whatever station is was playing Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. All the kids belted out the chorus, we laughed so hard, it really was excellent and raised to energy and mood of the room.

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Assign a set number of problems and make them turn it in at the end of the class regardless of completion and grade as is. More talking = less problems done, less talking = more problems done.

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Maybe you could give them more group guided work for the classroom, and then assign problems for them to take home? Mind you this year my students rarely take homework home since I do give them class time to work on it independently, but I was having such a problem with cheating that I wanted to make sure they are understanding while still in class. Just me walking around usually keeps them on task.

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