My class is QUIET!!!

Discussion in 'General Education' started by MissFroggy, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. MissFroggy

    MissFroggy Aficionado

    Aug 26, 2006
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    Sep 11, 2012

    You'd think this would be awesome (it actually is really nice) but a teacher asked me if my class was in trouble. They were all just sitting at their tables quietly, and he thought I was punishing them!

    They really are super quiet. I basically have to force them to pair-share and discuss things, work together, talk out some ideas. I have about 4 kids who raise their hands to speak, but it's like pulling teeth!

    I know this isn't much of a problem, and better than a class of talkers who won't stop.... but I do want to encourage discussion and sharing.

    Any ideas?
  3. EMonkey

    EMonkey Connoisseur

    May 10, 2008
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    Sep 12, 2012

    I have a mutual solution. I have about 11 students I could trade with you. Then you would have half talkative and half quiet and I then would have half talkative and half quiet! I have a very expressive group this year.
  4. jwteacher

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    Sep 12, 2012

    MissFroggy, if you have a quiet class and you have a zany personality, you have the perfect opportunity to go all out. I had a fairly quiet class last year and by being over the top, I was able to get kids to break out of their shell.

    Now this year, I have exactly the opposite problem. I am big on students sharing and learning off one another, but my class is extremely loud and hyperactive. It's to the point that it's more counterproductive and a waste of class time to have them working in groups because no one can hear each other.
  5. MissScrimmage

    MissScrimmage Aficionado

    May 29, 2007
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    Sep 12, 2012

    This sounds like my group! I would love a quiet group because that is my nature!

    Sometimes when no one is participating I act shocked and say, "No one knows?? Oh no!" Then someone will put up their hand and I'll say, "Oh good, Jimmy knows!" Then more and more start to raise their hands and I praise each one, "Oh wonderful Susie and Sally know too!" Finally I'll say, "Help us out Billy. Tell us what..."
  6. applecore

    applecore Devotee

    Sep 12, 2006
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    Sep 12, 2012

    Funny, I was just about to post something like this.

    Last year's class, I couldn't get them to stop talking for anything! I had a highly linguistic class with a great combination of theater-type students.....they read extremely well when it came to our story time!

    This year? I can hear crickets when I start working my magic of engagement.

    There's just something different about this bunch that I can't quite put my finger on just yet.
  7. CFClassroom

    CFClassroom Connoisseur

    Aug 9, 2008
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    Sep 12, 2012

    Well, now that you put it out to the universe it will probably change. LOL

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