Have a chatty classroom? While we love to see students enjoying one another’s company, it is important for them to learn when to be quiet and listen, too. There are many great strategies to encourage these skills! Try a silent start: greet students at the door with an “I love silent starts” sign so they enter the room quietly. Teach a variety of hand signals to replace interruptions during teaching time, and try a few “talk moves” to make sure students listen closely to one another during group discussions. This video introduces a few of these ideas – watch it now and seek out or create your own moves to use with students the next time the volume gets a bit too loud!
What silent signals could you use in your classroom?