Managing Student Talk in Elementary Classrooms
Dr. Jennifer Snow
Student talk will always be a factor in effective classroom management. Setting expectations of student talk in varying situations is important for productivity and student efficiency as well as meeting the needs of students with different learning styles. Student talk can be viewed as a distraction to some students, while it may be a catalyst for learning with others. The goal of this project is to evaluate effective management of student talk in the classroom based upon appropriate times and the needs of students. The evidence drawn from this data will help determine and develop effective practices for managing student talk in the classroom. As a focus for this study, student talk will be investigated when it is teacher-supported or directed. Questions about strategies for redirecting student behavior when talk is inappropriate will be considered as well.