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Four Steps Model
Step 1: Identify the Behavior
Step 2: Understand the Effects
Step 3: Identify the Cause
Step 4: Avoid Mistakes

Related Behaviors
The Blabbermouth
The Blurter
The Interrupter
The Noisemaker
Behaviors At School

The Talker

Action: Identify causes of misbehavior. Pinpoint student needs being revealed. Employ specific methods, procedures, and techniques at school and at home for getting the child to modify or change his/her behavior.

Primary Causes of Misbehavior

The continual talking is a way to get attention.

Primary Needs Being Revealed

This person has a strong social need. Personal interaction is very important.

Secondary Needs Being Revealed

This student is attempting to become positively involved with the class or teacher and does not realize that he/she is expressing a negative behavior.

This student needs to develop a close association with a peer or adult.

This student needs to experience some kind of success through talking, but without disrupting the class and the teacher.

This person needs to have others know that he/she is "somebody."

Actions to Take
  • Remember, this is more a social problem than a discipline problem. If treated as a discipline problem, it may become one. The ability to talk is not a negative-nor is it a liability. It's an asset which the student must learn to manage for personal benefit.

  • Be aware that this is often a compulsive behavior. It lies between assertion and aggression in a person with a low self-concept.

  • Never assume the student knows he/she is talking: The student may or may not know.

  • Never assume classmates know the student is talking: They might not even hear.

  • Remember, your relationship with one student affects your relationship with all students. How you handle this student can damage your relationship with other students. Don't show a side of you that you don't want other students to see.

  • First, react consistently-and never punish irrationally. Don't "get on" the talker one day, and ignore him/her the next.

  • Equally important, don't criticize publicly. You will never solve this problem during class time. Private counseling is a must. Approach talking as a social problem, not a discipline problem. This is a counseling situation that requires a plan to change behavior.

  • Look for the reason for the talking. If you cannot or will not meet the student's needs, you will not change the behavior.

  • The talker has a strong activity need. Give this student small tasks and responsibilities daily to fulfill this need.

  • Tell the student you will call on him/her during class discussion. You may even tell the student the question you will be asking.

  • Seat the talker near quiet and serious students.

  • Station yourself next to this student's desk during presentations. This will keep him/her from talking.

  • When this student is talking, don't stop class or say a word. Rather, walk toward his/her desk. This will stop the talker. Likewise, look at this student often.

  • Develop a set of hand signals to remind the student when he/she is talking. Don't stop class and reprimand, however.

  • Capture and hold attention by calling on the talker often.

  • Challenge this student. Never forget, the articulate are often high achievers. The talker should be a good student.

  • Reinforce positive behavior and contributions in class.

  • Provide alternate materials that can interest this student and that are still class oriented.

  • Try incentive programs to encourage attention and preparation.

  • To encourage the talker to participate positively, allow him/her to take roll, pass out papers, etc.

  • In a private conference, tell the student, "The ability to speak is your asset. Therefore, use it wisely by following some tips. First, think before you speak so that you gain a reputation for being a thinker rather than a talker. Second, speak slowly so that people can absorb what you say. Third, speak quietly and gently to gain the reputation of being a person of depth. Finally, limit your talking. Remember, you can always add a comment, but you can't withdraw one.''

  • Discuss the behavior with parents.

  • Find time to listen.