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How do I get my class to all be quiet?

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by Tom_Bennett, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Tom_Bennett

    Tom_Bennett Occasional commenter

    This is simply a question of training them into your style; use a bell, a whistle, a bazooka, whatever you do to get their attention. Make sure they know that this is the signal for quiet- I just use my voice to the same end). Then, as some quieten down, name and praise them. If children are still talking, then you need to name and punish them, it's as simple as that. 'Jenny, you're still talking, I need to see you later.....well done Sam......Tajmir, don't make me ask you twice...' etc. Then make sure that anyone who keeps talking over you gets into some kind of hellish trouble. You have to link behaviour with consequences, or they simply won't learn. You'll get there. It takes time to habituate them into this, so don;t expect miracles in a few days. Good luck


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