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Do I let them talk too much?
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Sometimes I feel like I let my fourth graders talk too much. But I feel like it helps them learn to socialize properly and makes them more cohesive. They also get ideas from each other and work together. But I think the fifth grade teacher doesn't like it. She said that her current 5th graders ( my students last year) talk too much and it's driving her crazy.


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Old 11-10-2019, 11:24 AM
 
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You do you, and let her do her. Every teacher has a different style and a different tolerance. Don't let someone else's preference dictate how you run your classroom.
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I donít mind my kids talking but the teacher after me wants silence all the time. My principal told me that my kids wouldnít be successful in the next grade because of it. She wanted me to change. This was after she told me a few weeks earlier that she liked that I let my class talk. She gives me whiplash.

Keep being you. Kids need to learn how to adjust to each teacherís personality. The next teacher will just have to deal with that.
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I agree
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with PPs. If you are comfortable with the level of talk go for it. It sounds as if it is working for you. Kids need to learn to adapt to different styles of teachers.
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Totally Agree
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It is YOUR classroom, and I agree with the pp.


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In previous years I was always the quiet class and my colleague was the noisy one. The kids adjusted even in years where we departmentalized. Donít take it to heart.
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I teach sixth grade and have a partner teacher. I'm the quiet class, and he allows them to talk more. Normally, the kids adjust and have no issue moving from one to the other. They understand who has what expectations. Our current group of students, especially one homeroom, is just talkative. That is their nature. I don't think it has anything to do with the style of the previous year's teacher.
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It's just as fair
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for your principal to ask the next teacher to change HER teaching style in order for the students to be successful as it is for him/her to ask you to change your teaching style. (Although really, it's not fair to either of you.)
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Thanks all. Good advice as always.
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Utilize both situations in your classroom so that they can seamlessly move from one behavior to another. Let them know that they need to learn when certain behaviors will be allowed/appropriate and when they are not. You then know they have the ability to work in either manner when necessary.

I see benefit in students knowing that sometimes talk is appropriate for learning and other times silence is necessary.


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Yes, they have silent work time several times throughout the day. They do pretty well with it, with the exception of a few of course.
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If they are learning what they need to
Old 11-11-2019, 10:28 AM
 
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learn and going to the next class knowing how to work w/partners/groups then I don't think they are talking too much. If they are below grade level, interrupt a lot, and are chatting about things not doing their work, then I think they talk too much...Ö.lol
Maybe you have a quiet signal that you use for immediate silence. If the kids know it well, share it w/ the other teacher.
I used to get classes from 1 teacher who never seemed to shut their mouths at the start of the yr.
1 day, I heard her say 3 words and everyone was silent and listening. I realized they had been trained when to be quiet, she just used different words than me.
Once I started using her 3 words, we did not have a problem anymore.
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Old 11-12-2019, 12:53 PM
 
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a) learning how to deal with different styles of leadership is one of the things schools teach children.
b) in an age where children are more comfortable texting their friends rather than talking to them face to face, personal engagement is a good thing for them to learn.
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