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    By JRichard

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    I'm not sure if your comment was directed at me, or just in general, but I thought I'd respond, because I don't think I made myself clear. (I did not feel "attacked" and I am not "defending" :))

    I have an expectation of a completely quiet classroom, as a general rule so there is no talking during transitions, etc. I am a very active teacher. I teach with the History Alive curriculum which never has the teacher talking and the kids listening for long periods of time. I usually have three or four activities per class and usually at least two involve the kids talking.

    But, with 7th graders, if you say, "you are allowed to talk in my class," they will chat you up and down. IMO, You have to have the expectation of quiet, then allow some talking in order to get anything productive done with this age group.


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