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What to Do When You Have a Chatty Class: Part One

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After being in the classroom for a few weeks now, you have probably already figured out what concepts you need to review and skills your students excel in, as well as their different personality traits. Learning how to manage the personality of your class and students can sometimes be a challenge, especially when they’re considered chatty. 

When hearing that a teacher has a chatty class, there’s automatically negative connotations surrounding it. A chatty class infers a lot of distractions and disruptions, students struggling to grasp and follow concepts, and even wasted instructional time. However, having chatty students can also have positive impacts such as engagement with peers, excitement for learning, and develops communication skills. 

With those two different ideas in mind, having a chatty class can definitely be a challenge, but also viewed as a blessing. So, if you have already learned that’s your class personality, it’s best to reframe your thinking to reflect a more positive outlook. In order to do so, implement strategic strategies that redirect their talkative behavior towards productivity. In today’s episode, I’m sharing 15 strategies to use with your students that mitigate any potential negative impacts while embracing the positive aspects of a chatty class.

In part one of learning how to manage a chatty class, these strategies are tools that channel students' behavior into responsibility, structure, and creating a collaborative atmosphere. I also share how implementing structured time for students to freely talk amongst their peers correlates with more focused instructional time. 

Having a chatty class can be challenging which leads to classroom management issues. If you want to make sure you’re prepared with strategies and other resources, make sure to join my Classroom Management Club. You’ll get access to over 70 amazing classroom management hacks, 80 resources, and all past trainings to set you and your students up for success this school year. I can’t wait to see you inside!

Inside this week's show, you'll learn:

  • How to view a chatty class as a positive and ways that it positively impacts your students
  • 15 strategies to implement in your class that embraces chatty behavior
  • Ways to implement structured time for students to talk, which helps students focus during instruction
  • Why having talkative students can lead to classroom management issues and how to prevent them from happening
  • The resources inside the Classroom Management Club that assists with a chatty class 

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I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.

💛 Lori

Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor

Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at and at

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