15 Creative Tips to Deal With Chatterboxes

Tips To Deal With Chatterboxes

Has it ever worked – shouting – “Silence, please!” How many times have your instructions got lost in the loud hum of student noise?

Many of us have had this same experience. The voltage in our voice seldom works. Students grow quiet – for a moment – and then they start talking again.

If it has ever made you feel ineffective – Trust me – It’s not your fault.

Kids can’t readily differentiate the teacher’s voice from the voice of others around them. Your directions, how loudly may you shout, are destined to be lost in the sea of chatter. As a result, they fail to understand your instructions.

Howbeit, their continuous chatter is contagious, and it can be extremely disruptive. It’s crucial that you address this behavior, and ensure that everybody stays attentive when you teach.

Following is a list of 15 tips from PracTutor’s in-house ELA teacher, Mrs. Hemnani, to help you deal with chatterboxes.


15 Creative tips to deal with chatterboxes

  1. Create a seating chart. Seating a talkative student next to a shy one limits their chatter

  2. Decide on a signal that lets students know that the level of chatter is too high

  3. Create strict ground rules, and enforce them since the beginning of the year

  4. Tell students to raise their hands every time they want to say something

  5. Ask frequent questions. This compels students to pay attention, and they have little time to chatter around

  6. Create rewards for listening. Tell them what you want, and reward them every time they do it

  7. Create visual reminders, like, write their names on the board – this would provide an incentive to not to break the rules

  8. Teach students how to take turns while asking questions or talking in the class

  9. Develop anchor activities for your chatterbox students. Have fun anchor activities ready for the students when they finish their work. This would keep them busyTips To Deal With Chatterboxes 1

  10. Structure learning activities to give students a chance to talk and listen to their peers

  11. Encourage such students to speak in front of the class. Arrange for debates, speeches, or tell them to explain a topic to the class

  12. Talk with students. Explain why they should keep quiet, and how their chatter disturbs the class

  13. Set up time to hear what your students have to say

  14. Encourage your chatterbox students to participate in more interactive programs

  15. Create contracts with your students


Most important, you need to take charge of your classroom. Be confident.

Students can sense when a teacher is not confident, or is frightened. Remember, if you do not take charge of your classroom, students will.

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