Monday, September 19, 2011

Shoulder Tap or The Eye?

Everyday that I teach, I am confronted with a never-ending concern, the "talker".  I am constantly perusing the room, touching shoulders, and giving my students the "eye".  Unfortunately, my "talkers" have escalated over the years and now border on disrespectful.  They always happen to be the ones that don't have a clue when an assignment is due, or what guidelines I've just given, or how to complete an assignment. They give me that dazed looked, deer-in-the-headlights stare,  and shoulder shrug, and then ask what to do.  As I'm on my 2nd, no 3rd, no 4th repetition of instructions or requests, I'm usually not a happy camper.  Since this has been on the increase lately, I've decided to give the "monkey" to the "talkers". I have reverted to explicit expectations, and if a "talker" isn't listening, then they now are responsible to find out from a peer what they need to do. The listening peers are not always willing to stop and show them what to do, especially if it interrupts their work. My classroom has taken a quieter turn for the better.  I'm still working on other "issues", but I'm hoping for a more attentive crowd from now on.  What suggestions do you have for "talkers"?  Let me know, Heidi


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