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Lesson Plans

Re: talk quiet

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ricki fromkin (fromkinr)
Mon, 25 Oct 1999 20:09:44 -0400

LM Paris wrote:
> I have been starting class with everyone in their supplies. Same
> thing I did with the Middle school last year. I stand ....and wait, quietly for
> their attention. I originally explain that I will talk when they are quiet and
> when I am done talking they have the rest of class to do their work and by me
> waiting they are wasting their own studio time. I was teaching in block
> scheduling last year and was worried what this "wait time" would do to a 46 min.
> class period....but it keeps getting better! They actually seem to get more done
> than if I dont talk in the beginning.
> Today, the student who usually causes some of the biggest distractions in class
> saw my dramatic waiting...if there is such a thing. He decided to draw
> attention to himself, as usual...but this time it helped me because he yelled,
> "Quiet everybody, Ms. Paris is trying to talk!!!!" Then he turned his attention
> on me. He got the attention and laughs and I GOT TO TALK!
> I truly do the "all pencils down and all eyes on me" if I have something
> important to tell them in the middle of class. I think it works because I joke
> with them so much they dont feel offended by this elementary school tactic.
> more thing that can save a ton of headaches is counting by
> five's...every five seconds of yours they waste they have to make up at the END
> of class...AFTER THE BELL! It works really well at clean up time. If they are
> ALL cleaned up and in their seats I count the seconds starting before the bell.
> And yes...the whole class waits. This gets them to tell each other to stop
> talking.
> Again...not going to work for everyone, but it might for some....
>I have to laugh, because I tried this today and my kids just kept on talking, and talking. I was almost tempted to just sit there to see how long this would go on, but I didn't. My kids can't even remember to bring pencils to class!!