Do You Have a Chatty Class?

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/do-you-have-chatty-class I hear a lot from teachers who are feeling frustrated by students’ “chattiness.” They say things like “Mike, they’re not bad kids, they just won’t stop talking to each other. As soon as I stop talking, they start,” and “The constant chatter is interfering with

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Introducing Time-Out to Older Students

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/introducing-time-out-older-students A few weeks ago, on the RC discussion board on Facebook, Aimee Casale asked for suggestions for introducing Take a Break (also called Positive Time-Out) to students in the upper elementary grades. I answered her there, and I wanted to share what I said to

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Q & A: Working with Families

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/working-families Question: In my classroom this year, I am implementing two teaching strategies, Morning Meeting and Rules and Logical Consequences, but I’m concerned about parents’ reactions. I can imagine that they will worry that we’re “wasting time” with play or are too “soft” on discipline. I’d like

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