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    A Talkative Bunch...
    By Tricia

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    I have a very talkative bunch of 5th graders. I will sometimes say things like, "I hear my voice so I should not hear anyone else." That's usually their first hint that they should Zip it!!
    Sometimes, when it's real bad, I will just look at my watch and say, "It's o.k. if you want to talk during class because I can teach this same lesson at recess." Or try telling them that however much time they waste of yours, you will take from them at recess. Then sit at your desk and wait- patiently! I've only had to keep them in at recess twice when using this tactic.
    With my homeroom, I do the same thing as Carolyn. Each week I assign a Group Leader, who is responsible for keeping the group on track. I give a point to the group who is ready first, transitions well, follows directions, etc. At the end of the week, the group with the most points gets a treat of some sort.
    Hope this helps. Good luck!

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