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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

Mistakes: Common misjudgments and errors in managing the child which may perpetuate or intensify the problem.

  • Showing anger and frustration. This does nothing to help the situation. In fact, it may make the talker anxious and nervous-and cause him/her to talk even more.

  • Saying things like "Shut up" or "Keep your mouth shut."

  • Interrupting class to reprimand.

  • Attempting to belittle or shame the talker, or being sarcastic.

  • Punishing the entire class or creating peer pressure.

  • Making rules and regulations for the entire class because of this one student.

  • Assuming classmates are disturbed by the talker-or acting on such an assumption. Classmates might not even hear.

  • Reacting inconsistently-and punishing irrationally.

  • Overreacting by immediately rearranging the seating chart or issuing threats or ultimatums.

  • Isolating this student. The talker's need for attention or security will not allow his/her personality to take isolation.

  • Becoming so frustrated that we say and do things we'll wish we hadn't.

  • Failing to look for reasons behind the constant talking.

  • Assuming the talking is directed against us personally or against class work, or that the student is uninterested, or that the talking is intended to be disrespectful.

  • Assuming there is a short-term solution.

  • Allowing talkers to visit after finishing lessons for the day.

  • Restricting the talker to the point at which he/she isn't making a contribution at any time.

  • Trying to humiliate the talker, calling attention to the behavior, or trying to get the student to be quiet by placing emphasis on the behavior.