The Chatterbox

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How to deal with talkative students?

Let’s just say it: talkative is good. Talkative students answer your questions. Talkative students ask questions. It is all great for their ;language development. Let’s love talkative students before we try to harness them just a little bit :). What to do when a talkative student  in our classroom steals the show? Doesn’t let other children take their turn? Chats to his neighbours when you are singing a song?

  1. Pick all the chatterboxes in your group and sit them by your side.
  2. Separate the chatterboxes if there are more than two in the group by e.g. sitting them on the opposite side of the circle.
  3. Pay attention to have them near you during any activities.
  4. Know them by name and feel free to call them, or gently touch their shoulder when they start talking.
  5. Praise them for answering and asking questions when it is their turn, but give them “ the look” when it’s other children’s turn.
  6. Introduce rules: “Raise your hand if you want to say something” . Praise them every time they show restraint and wait their turn.
  7. If they keep on interrupting ask them to stand up for a short while.
  8. Take time before or after the class to explain one-to-one why constant talking interrupts.
  9. Love the talker, they will know it 🙂

3 replies added

  1. Ros August 13, 2019 Reply

    I have only recently come across your page and it’s great!! Just what I need! Could you please also provide some examples of games. Thank you

  2. Eda March 15, 2020 Reply

    Your resources are great.

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