I teach in an inner city high school with"minority/poverty" kids. I wait for
them to quiet down, then I talk in a quiet voice and they listen. I also
praise the first table that everyone is quiet at. sometimes I have to stand
near a talker, or even put my hand on his/her shoulder, but I can always get
their attention. Yelling or even talking loud to my high school kids has
never worked for me, it always turns them off and they get an attitude.
susan in michigan