Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Checking the Chatterer

Students love to talk, especially middle school students! They have opinions about everything--and we want them to be able to express their ideas. However, we want to channel that talking so that they are talking about the topic!

Dr. Ken Shore provides suggestions on how to check the chatterer. He provides a list of What You Can Do:

- Communicate your rules regarding talking.
- Cue the student to stop talking with a pre-arranged signal.
- Stand by your students.
- Do not bail out a student who has been talking.
- Use a noise meter.
- Keep track of noisiness.

To see the article in detail, go to: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/shore/shore045.shtml