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10 Tricks to Try With a Chatty Class

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10 Tricks to Try With a Chatty Class

Are you ready to pull your hair out because your kids WON'T. STOP. TALKING? You are not alone. I've got 10 ideas to help you.  If you like these ideas, don't forget to grab the FREE Printables that go with this post. We can email them to you, or you can download them from the 'Files' section of our Create-abilities Teacher Community Facebook Group. If you haven't joined the group yet, it's a great way to stay up-to-speed on everything Create-abilities, including product announcements, sales, freebies, live broadcasts, giveaways, and more! 1. Code Word of the Day You might have seen me talk about this strategy...

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Whole Brain Teaching: Classroom Rules

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Whole Brain Teaching: Classroom Rules

The Whole Brain Teaching rules is one of my favorite things to do with my kids. This is something they really get into and it really is effective. There are only 5 rules and they are so, sweet, and to the point. The five rules are: 1. Follow directions quickly! 2. Raise your hand for permission to speak. 3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat. 4. Make smart choices. 5. Keep your dear teacher happy! There are hand gestures that go with these as well. (You can see what the WBT website recommends here.) I will give...

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Whole Brain Teaching: Teach! Okay! and Switch!

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Whole Brain Teaching: Teach! Okay! and Switch!

Okay I want to share another cue/callback from whole brain teaching. This one is called Teach! Okay! I'm also going to add in Switch! because they go hand in hand. Teach! Okay! is a fabulous way to reinforce concepts and ideas throughout the lesson. This practice combines seeing, saying, hearing, and doing. It gets students involved and talking. One thing I've noticed is that teachers TALK A LOT! If we can transfer some of that speech to our students, they can take more control of their learning. Plus, it sticks in their little brains better. What I did was put...

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Whole Brain Teaching: Class! Yes!

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Whole Brain Teaching: Class! Yes!

I want to share with you a few tips that changed the way I taught. It's called Whole Brain Teaching or WBT. The summer after I had my first baby I was busy changing diapers, feeding, and playing with my 3 month old. My teaching partner was busy on Pinterest searching for good ideas for us to try next year. She stumbled upon something called Whole Brain Teaching and we never looked back. Now let me start off by saying that I don't claim to be an expert. I don't claim to know everything about it. I have tried it...

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