How often do you find yourself having to redirect/deal with chatting or mild disruptions in one day? In my first grade classroom, though they are excited to learn new things and I really try to vary methods and make things interesting and fun, some days, I feel like there is a constant hummmmm in the background!! They are just so very chatty. Is it unreasonable to think it shouldn't be this way from 6 year olds? I plan to keep doing group activities, things that allow them chattiness.... but any ideas for how to keep them quiet for the 5-10 minutes at a time that I need to actually do frontal teaching? Where I am speaking and no one else, unless they raise their hands? If I'm being unreasonable, please let me know. Also, I'm into natural consequences -I feel they "work" best. But I'm at a loss as to what would be appropriate here, and how often I should expect to have to dole them out. Can students really control themselves that much where it is totaly silent, at this age?