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I remind them that there is no talking...3 mins later they're talking
Old 02-11-2019, 02:39 PM
 
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This happens off and on all day. They just won't stop. They're not being mean. They're not "bad." They just WON'T BE QUIET and they're driving me crazy. What do you do?


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Old 02-11-2019, 03:53 PM
 
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Susie, please stop talking.
-I wasn't talking.
I saw you talking and I am asking you to not talk during the test.
- I wasn't talking, I was asking her a question.
Was your mouth moving?
-Yes.
Was sound coming out?
-Yes.

But somehow, she wasn't talking.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:19 PM
 
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Yours talk after three minutes? I can't even finish a full sentence before the whole class is talking.
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:21 PM
 
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My first yr of teaching I put index cards on everyone’s desk & if they were talking when they weren’t supposed to I would put a tally mark. If they got 5 tally marks in an instructional period they were benched. These were 4th graders & this was back in 2004(when benching at recess was more acceptable).

I’ve also seen a first grade teacher have kids put out 3 sticks and if they were off task/talking too much they had to give her one. I believe there was a consequence somewhere in there...like each stick was so many minutes of recess etc
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Ditto!
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This has been happening to me too all year long. I teach mostly 9th grade and they are the worst. It doesn’t help that I have two classes of 30.

I’d be lucky to get 3 minutes of quiet. It’s usually 3 seconds. I tell them to listen up or pay attention. They keep talking. I stop and wait and stare. They will stop and as soon as I open my mouth, 3 or 4 start talking. And of course, if you call one out, they say so and so was talking too.

It’s so frustrating. Some days I just talk over them. I know I shouldn’t but what can you do? It’s impossible to get a class of 30 or more quiet for any length of time.

If they say they don’t know what to do, I respond with “well I explained it so you must not have been listening. Ask someone who did listen.”


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Old 02-12-2019, 05:13 AM
 
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Kids today are being raised in such a noisy world that are actually uncomfortable with silence. They talk to make things feel "normal". Maybe try some soft classical music during working time?
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I have two 90 minute classes of 27 who are out of control for the most part. I've tried every suggestion,bribe, consequence, etc. I even brought in a whistle like some of the coaches do....nothing has worked. There's no place in my room to separate anyone and if I try, they yell to each other instead. They aren't "bad" but by now they know I can't teach over 18-19 of them all talking conversationally. Admin just look in the window and go on. Worst year ever and I don't even want to get out of my car most mornings.
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:39 AM
 
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One district I worked in provided the teachers with microphones.
They helped save teachers’ voices. They were the kind one has if you have a student with hearing loss. We were to speak normally into them, not loud at all. I think there was a grant to cover the cost. I believe because we had a lot of students with ADHD.
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