I allowed talking in class but controlled it with a signal
(a bell) if it got to loud. But, we had totally silent
days when we were drawing from observation. It's important
and reinforces the concepts put forth in "Drawing on the
Right Side of the Brain." Talking is a left brain activity
and interferes with drawing.
Woody, Retired in Albuquerque
Most importantly you must conduct the classroom in a way that
you are most comfortable with.
> When I first started teaching I let the students talk to each other and
> interact during class. I found the noise level will go up and out of
> control if you do not set boundaries and basically rehearse what is an
> appropriate level for you and your room. I was strict in the beginning
> and allowed minimal talking and complimented the class on using inside
> voices...etc. I also reminded them that talking was a privilege not a
> right. Abuse of privilege made it simple to take it away. You are the
> teacher and remember not all students work well with a lot of talking
> going on.
> Just my opinion.
> Darlene in Seoul