Shut your mouths?!?!?!

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  1. srh

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    Mishmosh--I love that! I will use that in my Kinder class on Monday. (We started class on Thursday, and this year, it's the boys who are chatty!!) :-D
     
  2. YoungTeacherGuy

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    This does work!

    I do this, too. Maybe it's a guy thing?! I used it a lot with my first graders last year. My students called it my "turtle voice" because I would speak very slowly. It worked extremely well; students never want to be late for lunch, recess, or any other fun activity!

    I agree that this wouldn't work in middle school. However, you'll never catch me stepping anywhere near middle schoolers! No way! :down:
     
  3. KLily21

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    I totally agree with you.
     
  4. Christine3

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    I usually just say "Please" and they catch on. Talking is such a problem in my class this year that "Please's" Just don't cut it.

    I know many of you are against the Harry Wong hand raising technique but I love it! Take 5 minutes and teach it to them, tell them it is NOT a "baby" thing that they use it in our workshops!
     
  5. Learner4Life

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    It might not work with older age groups but with my younger ones I will start talking very softly and give a direction like "if you can hear me put your hand on your shoulder and stop talking" I'll repeat it as many times as I need to but the first time I start a timer or look at the clock. Then when I have everyone's attention I'll say "you've wasted x minutes talking so I get x minutes of your recess"
     
  6. Irishdave

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    This is funny :
    The other day I am teaching a lesson (8th grade math) and Mario is just talking out of turn not keeping quiet so I stop talking and I just wait in silence FOR silence, Mario takes some time to realize that I am waiting for him so another student says to him "Shut up Mario"
    I look at the student and tell her saying "shut up is rude we don't use shut up" at that time Mario decides to chime in and speak up, without a moment going by, I turn to him and say "shut up Mario" :eek: .........
    it then became a game he would start to talk out of turn and I'd say "no talking Mario" then every time he might say something or when I would end a sentience I would say "no talking Mario" while standing almost next to his desk.
    He got so frustrated, that I was not letting him say anything, I thought he might explode.
    as he left he said "say it again Mr. P" with a big smile on his face.
     
  7. Brendan

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    Dave, imagine trying that one with Middleschoolers and high schoolers. Sadly yes, I have told my kids to shut up, but usually I just say thats enough, quiet please, or just stop my lesson.
     
  8. mmswm

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    My favorite catch phrase is "closing your mouth opens your minds". It took them a while to catch on, but it hushes them in about 2 seconds flat.
     
  9. ValinFW

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    Ha! I did tell a class of 8th graders once that they had succeeded in wasting a full 20 minutes of class by talking. They responded with, "Cool! We're awesome!" They did not think thier consequences for that remark were awesome. ;)
     
  10. ebrillblaiddes

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    :D Ooooo...what did you do? I need a whole notebook of truly awful ideas, I think.
     
  11. Historyteaching

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    I use "My turn", the first day in class I told each class that "I was a selfish teacher, when I'm up in front wanting to tell you, teach you something, I like all the attention on me." The kids laugh, but when I say "excuse me, my turn" and point/tap my chest most kids that are talking go "Oh, sorry." turn around and stop talking. :cool:

    I have also recently started saying this "I'm going to keep talking, those that are listening will know what's going on, those that don't will miss out because I will NOT repeat what I'm saying" And I continue to talk, begin notes, lecture etc. They get quiet quicker than me taking time to go shh. shh. hush..boys quit talking.. It wastes time.

    I tried the standing in front of the room no talking thing, doesn't work for my high schoolers..however, when I use to sub in elementary, it was FABULOUS!! Most talking ended in less than 5 minutes and the kids policed themselves. :2up:

    Other phrases I use/have used:
    Be quiet
    This is not group work, hush.
    No talking
    Keep your mouths quiet/shut
    Stop talking
    Enough
    Hey, folks that's enough
    Boys and girls stop talking..:haha: (they hate being called boys and girls)
    I've even said CHILDREN! (high schoolers don't like that either haha)

    I'm sure I've said more, but that's all I remember.
     
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    I will say "all eyes on me"
    Or "Eyes on me, mouths closed"
    Or "It is all about ME now" this gets a groan but they do stop
     
  13. Ms.Jasztal

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    The kids certainly know it in my room, and it's effective!! How could anyone be against the Give Me Five technique? I honestly believe it doesn't demean any age- and it was originally used with sixth-graders...
     
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    I insert kids' names in sentences while I talk, also. They look up like, "Ohhh, me!", like a deer caught in headlights. Yet they stop.
     
  15. Christine3

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    Yes, they hear their names and the head pops, turns around and looks at right at the teacher.

    I also have my most talkative student right in front of my desk. I feel proximity helps a lot. ;)

    Where do you all seat your talkers?
     

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