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I have been starting class with everyone in their seats....no supplies. Same
> thing I did with the Middle school last year. I stand ....and wait,
> their attention. I originally explain that I will talk when they are
> when I am done talking they have the rest of class to do their work and by
> 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
> class period....but it keeps getting better! They actually seem to get
> than if I dont talk in the beginning.
> Today, the student who usually causes some of the biggest distractions in
> 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
> "Quiet everybody, Ms. Paris is trying to talk!!!!" Then he turned his
> 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
> with them so much they dont feel offended by this elementary school tactic.
> Oh...one 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
> of class...AFTER THE BELL! It works really well at clean up time. If
> ALL cleaned up and in their seats I count the seconds starting before the
> And yes...the whole class waits. This gets them to tell each other to stop
> Again...not going to work for everyone, but it might for some....
> ricki fromkin wrote:
> > Donald Peters wrote:
> > >
> > > If you talk in a quiet voice, they
> > > >will be quiet to hear you.
> > >
> > > I don't know where or who you teach, but if you are working with
> > > minority/poverty students, this approach WILL NOT WORK. Trust me.
> > Speaking of ideas of getting your students to listen and pay
> > attention...any suggestions on getting HS kids to be quiet. Flipping
> > the light on and off helps, but was wondering what else some of you
> > might be doing.
> > Ricki
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Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 20:34:27 -0500
From: Rick <rlarson>
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Subject: Re: talk quiet
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