I've been observing in a school for a few days and today I saw what was the best lesson yet. The kids were meant to stand behind their chairs whilst the teacher said "good morning" and then they were allowed to sit down. They had to respond to the register with "yes sir". The lesson was interactive with the use of visual aids. It was interesting as there was discussion and dialogue between teacher and pupil and the kids were immaculately behaved. Part of the lesson was spent writing(analysing some text) and there was no chatting. The kids worked well and the teacher clearly had high expectations. I described this class to another teacher and he said that it must have been a poor and boring lesson if there was no noise. Is this right? Do you really have to have chatter in the class to make a good lesson? Surely not? As far as I could see, the lesson was perfect.