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Sunday, 17 February 2013

How to Control Talking in the Classroom

Talking among students can be a major distraction in a classroom. Although teachers may want students to be vocal during times like class discussions, there are many other times in which talking can be a negative factor. Luckily there are ways to curb talking in school. By using some proactive strategies before and during class time, you can reduce talking in your classroom to a minimum.


  1. Arrange the classroom in a way that keeps talkative students apart from each other. This may take a few days to figure out at the beginning of the school year, but once you observe the students who are more likely to talk together, you can separate these students.
  2. Walk around the classroom during lectures, discussion, assignments and tests. Your presence can discourage talking.
  3. Design lesson plans that engage the students and keep them busy. If a student is interested and active, he is less likely to talk.
  4. Create simple rules concerning talking and post them in your classroom. Post consequences for breaking the rules, as well as rewards for following the rules.
  5. Enforce your rules consistently. Students should know exactly what to expect if they are talking during inappropriate times.
  6. Reinforce positive behavior. Praise your students and offer individual and group rewards for following talking rules. If you are positive and quick to praise, students will be more likely to do what you ask.

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