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    our time vs. your time
    By hajski

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    One year I had the same problem with my kids. They were great kids, but as a class never stopped talking. I explained to them that sometimes it is our time to learn and at the end of the day, lunch, and recess is your time to talk. I will graciously give you fabulous fantastic fourth graders 5-10 minutes at the end of every day to talk if you can refrain from talking during our lessons. I kept a stop watch set at 10 minutes and everytime the class was disrupted or they were not quiet in the halls, I let the timer run until they stopped. The first few days they had no free time. But they quickly began to work for the time that was set aside. Eventually, my class chatting epediemic was whittled down to about 3 chatty kids. Then those few just received consequences according to our classroom behavior expectations. It may just work for you. Good luck with whatever you decide. :-)

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