Are your classroom rules of not blurting out or interrupting being broken non-stop throughout your day? Yeah, me too. That is what led me to find guaranteed ways to stop students from blurting out in class that you too will be able to add to your classroom management bag of tricks because they are so easy to implement.
First, let me say that I geek out on reading research on classroom management strategies and techniques. All of the classroom management ideas I share today are research-based and/or tried and true from my own elementary classroom. If you have any to add please share your favorite strategy for stopping students from blurting out at the end of this post. K thanks. 😀
To us it’s obvious. You shouldn’t have to tell your students it’s wrong to blurt out in class. Unfortunately, we do. We can either address that blurting out is wrong now, or spend the remainder of the school doing it.
I introduce why it’s wrong with a good picture book.
My top 3 favorites are:
Then we create a blurt chart of why it’s wrong to blurt out during class. Our blurt chart is called, “Blurts Hurt.” Students add their reasons and we come to a class consensus that we should not blurt out.
Once the students understand the why, we then discuss the “But what if…” questions so that I can set clear classroom expectations when it comes to behavior. We go over this “If-then” blurt chart:
Sometimes I have just one kid who needs the expectations set specifically for them because the rest of the class just “gets it.” In those cases, I make a mini-expectations chart:
Now that the expectations and classroom rules are set, it’s time for students to understand what will happen if they do blurt out in class. I usually tell my students the first week of school about our consequences for classroom rules, but for my frequent blurter, I create a consequence card so that they know that I am serious. When I was a brand new teacher, I would just constantly repeat myself heck I still catch myself sometimes. And that pretty much was the “consequence” if a kid blurted out. They’d just have to hear me nagging. This consequence card holds me and the student accountable. Your consequences may look different than mine and that’s just fine! The key is to STICK to whatever consequences you set. If you find that your consequences are unrealistic for you to stick to, then you need to tweak them. We, teachers, lose control of our classrooms the minute the students stop taking you and your word seriously. They will test your limits and see if you actually follow through with your consequences, trust me! Here is an example of a consequence card I used on one of my second graders:
You will read more about my blurt box as you continue to scroll. A teacher talk is me sitting down with the student during their free time and discussing what they did, why they did it and a plan to make it better. Sometimes it also involves the student practicing the desired behavior.
Here is another flow of consequences for blurting out in class:
Including our whole class visual reminders, I also give students who desperately need reminders something visual that I can go to their desk and point to when they working. For example, this chit chat mat slides from yes to no throughout the day, depending on our current voice level expectation:
This is my FAVORITE part. I am all about helping students improve their behavior. Here are some quick behavior interventions I do to help my main kiddos who blurt out during class.
This is an example of behavior bingo being used for one individual. He keeps the chart on a clipboard. Each time I catch him raising his hand, he gets to pick a box to write his name in. At the end of the day (or week) he draws a bingo chip card. If for example, he drew B2, he would win a behavior incentive such as lunch with me. Obviously, the more good he does, the more likely the chance that he will win. This exact chart can be used with a whole class too!
As you track their improvement, hold your kiddo who blurts out accountable by having them keep track of their own behavior.
I send praise notes and emails most often since I have a very email-y group of parents, but I also call home to let parents know when their kid is improving in their behavior, not just when he/she is misbehaving. I think it’s important to share your students’ behavior goals with their parents so that they can support their children at home.
I couldn’t share everything inside my teacher bag of tricks, but if you want to see the whole enchilada of how I support my kids who blurt all day erryday, check out the resource I created:
With love and support,
Chynell | The Pinspired Teacher
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