:help: I teach 3rd grade and have an EXCELLENT class. I have no behavior problems and generally they are all around wonderful kids. However, they are much too chatty! If I pause for 2 seconds to write something on the board they use that opportunity to start talking. I've tried to talk with them about this and it works for the day then they start up again. From the beginning of school I've used 2 pockets on the board-one for EXTRACREDIT and one for DEXTRACREDIT. Any time the class is quiet and doing things they should be doing (as a class) I place a stick in the EXTRACREDIT. If at any time they are too chatty (as a class) they get a stick in the DEXTRACREDIT. By the end of the week if the EXTRACREDIT has more in the pocket then they choose an activity (eating outside, class kickball game etc.) They understand what I'm doing but they are still very chatty! We're going on the 6th week of school and they've only had EXTRACREDIT once! Surpriisingly we don't really have trouble with transitioning between activities. They do pretty well with that. It's just talking in between everything else! This week I tried separating two of my most chatty students. I had to create 2 islands (you know, stand alone desks where they are no longer part of the group) and it helped slightly but not all that much. Though those 2 will still remain separated as they are instigators. Do you think I should start using individual behavior? That would seem difficulty because it really is the whole class who speaks so I'm not sure how I would handle that. Have the whole class move their color? I had a sub on Tuesday and she said they were very good but she also commented on their talking at every turn. I don't know what to do anymore! Advice please!