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Student talks too much



I have a student that just talks too much. Talks out of turn, blurts out answers and nothing works. He's now sent out of the room,sometimes more than once a day. What solutions for overtalkative students can you suggest. Part of it I believe he can't control. Parent is unhappy with my tactics of alienting him, sending him outside or to another class - she feels there must be a better way. I agree, but what? Parent feels that child no longer feels I care about him, so now just doesn't care anymore. His work is suffering and frankly he is a bright kid but is underachieving for sure.



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Personal behavior plan

Have you tried a personal contract with him? You can make one up fairly easily. Just divide a piece of paper into small sections that you can put a sticker in when he raises his hand to answer a question. Each time he does not blurt out an answer but rather raises his hand and is called on, give him a sticker. After he fills his whole page, give him some sort of reward. This works fairly well with my student that has a difficult time waiting to be called on. :)


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I have one

I have a little boy ( 5th grader) who will not keep his mouth closed in my class. I 've talked to his parents, they say he just likes me so much and is so happy to be in my class blah blah blah...

So everytime he blurts out or anyone else, I just say self control. He says, I know self control so it stops for a minute or so. At least he is recognizing he has a problem. Sometimes, All I do is look at him and he says self control, so in a way it is working.

P.S. Aspirin works for my headaches Ha HA :)


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There must have been something in the water the year these fifth graders were born. I have a consant talker too. My plus is he makes his mom crazy too. She supports my isolating him. The twist is he has a vocal cord problem and should not excessively talk, yell, or scream. Go figure!!!!!!



I have a class full of fourth/ fifth graders that love to talk. I have about 6 main students that are just loud and nature and have the need to call out. I need to break them of this habit pronto. I have implemented behavior contracts to my students, but I have a problem following through with them. The contract was for every single class period and I felt like it took so much time out of my day. Do you have any recommendations for contracts that don't take up much of the teachers time? Please respond I need help fast!


cheer girl

Fun Friday

If your whole class has a talking problem (like mine), write the words FUN FRIDAY on the board. Every time the class is wasting time or when I have to wait on them to transition, I just go up and erase a letter. If all lertters are gone by Fun Friday time (after lunch on Friday), they do not earn it.
Really...you can use the letters of anything that they are looking foward to. SNACK SHACK or FIELD TRIP, etc.

(Fun Friday is a 30-45 minute time after lunch on Fridays where the kids can play board games, card games, or I usually have fun crossword puzzles, etc. They look forward to it and board games are interactive especially because many of the children at our school don't have board games at home.)

Hope this helps...


talking cubes

Like everyone else, I have a few boys who just can't remember to raise their hands. I have used "talking cubes," which are the math manipulatives. Every morning, they get 5 cubes. If the shout out without raising their hands, I get one cube. If they lose all 5 by the end of the day, they owe me "recess academy," where we practice sitting patiently and raising our hands. If they keep all 5 they get a treat...a "lunch bunch coupon," which I give out to kids that remember to follow the rules, etc. (They put them in a bowl and then I pick 5 coupons out of the bowl...those kids get to eat lunch with me on Fridays). It seems to be working very well (I implemented it 4 weeks ago). The first few days, I had all the boys in for "recess academy." Now, almost all of them are able to keep their 5 cubes for the day. I think the visual reminder is good and they are becoming more concious of their behavior. **Note, I borrowed this idea from Dr. Robert Mackenzie's Setting Limits in the Classroom.