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    excessive talking
    By kathy

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    I don't know if I can say I notice more talking this year than last year, but I can tell you there is more talking than when I quit teaching a decade ago. It drives me nuts! I don't care what grade level I teach, the children seem to have no respect for a person who is speaking. Whether it is me or another child who is trying to share something, the children are downright rude! It seems to me that there is a continual murmer in the classroom. I don't know what the problem is. It seems children have difficulty doing anything independently. I wonder if one of the latest educational trends of cooperative learning and peer/partner sharing has created a mass of students who no longer know how to do anything without talking or without help! I taught primary as well as intermediate grades for more than a decade and never had problems like I see in the classrooms I sub in. I would attribute the problems to the fact that I am their sub, but I notice the same thing in other teacher's classrooms when I walk the halls. I don't know what the solution is. I feel like so much time is wasted trying to quiet down a chatty class so that directions can be given or waiting on them to quiet down so that we can begin a lesson, transitions, etc. Time is so valuable and we have so much to squeeze in. We don't have time for such nonsense! I don't know what the problem is, but I feel that at least in part, we as educators have helped to create the problem. If anyone has any input I would love to hear.

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