It is natural for children to talk. However, when this happens in the classroom and that too ceaselessly, especially when you are teaching, then it simply becomes disruptive and prevents the other children in the class from learning.
So how do you as a teacher handle students who have simply too much to say? Here are 6 ways to handle talkative students who are at times disruptive too.
1. Enforce Classroom Rules – Discipline is an important part of any classroom. A classroom without discipline is a classroom filled with chaos. Before you begin teaching, at the beginning of the year itself there are a few rules you should enforce necessarily.
They should be:
a) No talking when you are teaching
b) Raise a hand to ask a question
c) Raise a hand to answer a question
d) Use inside voices within the classroom
These are just a few basic rules that you need to enforce. In addition to these, there are also other rules you can enforce such as punishment for talking out of turn or disrupting the classroom or punishment for making too much noise and disrupting other classes.
2. Use Non-Verbal Cues To Quiet Them Down – Sometimes despite your ground rules against talking during the lesson, some children might still engage in conversation. If this happens frequently, you can always isolate them and keep them up front next to you where you can keep an eye on them. If this is a one-time occurrence, instead of interrupting the lesson to reprimand them, you can go up to the desk of the student in question, tap quietly on the desk and mime zipped lips. Remain in that area for a little while in order to keep them on their toes and then move onto wherever you want to go next.
3. A Point-Based Reward System – Keeping quiet takes tremendous effort, especially among younger students. Therefore in order to motivate your students into learning to be quiet during classes, you can install a points-based reward system during the beginning of the year. Every student begins the year with an allotted number of points. Based on their behavior in class, you can accordingly allocate or deduct points. At the end of the year, you can give the student with the most number of points, a small reward or a few extra privileges.
4. Give students extra class work – Some students tend to be a lot more talkative in class, because they are done with their work and are now bored. In such cases, you can always go up to the question and ask them to read on further or work on something else while you teach the others in class. That way, they too are occupied in learning and you too can teach the other students without being interrupted.
5. Talkative children become class monitors – Some students will repeatedly keep disrupting the class no matter how many ever times you pull them up in class. In extreme cases such as these, you can make these students the class monitors who are supposed to keep everyone from talking. Since being a class monitor is matter of respect, at least that way, your talkative students will learn about the value of keeping quiet.
6. Call the parents only as a last resort – If you have a student in class, that just won’t stop talking or disrupting the class despite your repeated attempts to get them to quiet down, then it is time to call in the parents. With the parents and child, you can probably figure out why the child is so talkative and find a solution to your problem.
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