My class this year is chatty … very chatty.
They chat as they are getting ready to come into the class.
They chat when they should be reading quietly on the carpet.
They chat when they are doing the Math question of the day.
They chat when I am giving them a lesson.
They chat during Show & Tell.
They chat when they are doing their activities.
I don’t mind that they chat. I do mind, though, when they should be listening. I do mind when the noise level rises to an unbearable point. ‘Whisper’, I tell them. ‘Work instead of socialising’, I tell them.
Yesterday it seemed as if they had received the message. I am not sure why (the music? the Santa colouring page?) but yesterday my class worked quietly. When they were helping one another with their tasks, they whispered. Otherwise they were focused on their task. What a pleasure! I am hoping this continues so that I can do some individual reading and actually hear what the child is saying!
This week I am grateful that my class is learning to control their desire to chat non-stop.
Laura wrote on gratitude during Words of Gold
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
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