It was a 7th grade world history class. The lesson plan stated that the students were to read the chapter individually and then fill in a worksheet I passed out to them. Simple enough.
To me, reading a chapter individually means no talking. Because, you can't talk and read at the same time. Sure, you can read out loud, but that's not what students do. They claim to be reading while discussing the cute boy over there. That's not reading. That's hoping to absorb the words through osmosis while having them in front of you (which doesn't work. I know, I've tried it).
But 7th graders don't do silence. Not without a big ol' fight.
By 6th period I had had enough. I tried everything with earlier periods. (I knew that it was doable because 1st period read silently. The rest of the day, however, only gave me moments of silence. Which I had to fight for.) So, I just started taking down names of talkers.
Once I let them know what I was doing, they all wanted to know if their name was on the list. And then they wanted to know if I'd take it off.
The next student to ask me if their name is in the note will get their name in the note. (Thing that got 6th per to stop asking.) #subfilesHmmm....
— Elizabeth Arundel (@ZiziRho) November 19, 2014
Normally, the answer would be no. But it was the beginning of the period. And these were 7th graders. So, I made them a deal. I'd take off the names but only if they worked quietly the rest of the period.
And you know what? It almost, kind of worked. Well, they were much better than before (and much better than the previous classes excepting period 1).
Must remember this technique for next time...