So I came up with this very simple, yet powerful, way to control all of the talking. I call it Beat the Teacher.
If I get to "1" and there is even one student talking, I get the tally point. If the entire class is quiet, they get the point. It is awesome to watch the students try to quiet each other down. Points accumulate through the day (or week) As you can see from our score above, I lost this day. :) (But did I really???) The prize is simply bragging rights....Or it could be a simple class incentive (brain break? extra 5 minutes of recess?) Either way, we are all winners!
Before I go, I wanted to make sure that you knew about a wonderful fundraiser going on over at Tori's Teacher Tips. The blogger community has an amazing way of supporting one another, and Tori could definitely use our help right now.
Joanne's blog. I hope to see you there!
I also hope to see you back here tomorrow for my Sunday linky party, A Peek at My Week, and/or onThursday for Positive Thinking Thursday.