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[teacherartexchange] Advice Please...rowdy kids

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StacieMich_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Aug 16 2005 - 18:45:24 PDT


What do you guys recommend for my classes who can't seem to follow directions
or get quiet? I'm having trouble with some fourth grade clasess, with my
sixth graders and with my 7th/8th grade class. They are just so wound up and
talkative. They won't get quiet when I ask them too or when I give them a look
or when I stand quietly waiting. If they do finally "get it," as soon as I
start talking, they begin talking again. It's as if they can't control
themselves. I've already gone over rules, consequences, and daily procedures. I need
to drive it home that they should enter quietly and look for their directions
on the board.

How should I begin tomorrow's class? Should I ask them to look at the board
for their directions and see if they can follow them? Should I begin by
getting them quiet and telling them that we have a real problem in the classroom
and ask for suggestions? Should I ask them to come up with a signal I can give
whenever I want their attention? Should we practice it? Then should I tell
them that they have had two days of grace period and that today begins
"consequences" and then follow through. If anyone talks while I'm talking, should I
immediately ask them to sign the behavior log?

Suggestions please! I know that what I do this week is critical! I have no
problem being strict. I thought I would, but I've realized that I'm so
desperate to get control that I won't feel badly if they CHOOSE to ignore warnings
and then have to pay consequences. Of course I want them to like me, but I
NEED them to respect me too.

Thanks!

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