Managing unnecessary or excessive chatty talking is a KEY COMPONENT of rehearsal decorum.
-Establish parameters and reasonable boundaries with this worksheet
-Good class tool for educating your students about what appropriate talking is.
-Let your students teach this lesson for you by reading all questions and answering together as a class. (legal blurt out) Call on students at random for each question to keep them engaged.
-Administer as a negative consequence for that one class that hasn't "gotten it" yet.
-Easily administered by a .
♫ Note Regarding teacher response: Early in my teaching career I had to learn to wait and allow my students to respond and wait several seconds before trying to transition back into rehearsal. Their talking was often a result of them being engaged. (Sometimes explosive in nature :-) Middle schoolers LOVE to “talk about it!” It is key for the teacher to learn to cleverly transition back into the lesson without being punitive in attitude, body language, or tone of voice. This requires a sensitivity and a delicate balance of appropriate communication.
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