Three full weeks left of summer! Is it weird that I'm excited? The beginning of the school year brings so many positive things for me-my anniversary, fall weather (eventually), one month closer to the Holidays, and meeting my wonderful students, of course!
Every year before school starts, I always plan out what my rules will be, and what tools I will use to make those rules more effective. One of the big ones I use is the Blurt Chart. This is pretty self-explanatory. Each of my students has a number that corresponds with their place on the roll sheet-this is used for most of my organizational strategies. I list their numbers on a piece of chart paper, and then next to their number, I have three sticky notes. Every time one of them blurts-speaks out of turn without raising their hand-they have to remove a sticky. If each of their sticky notes is removed by the end of the day, there is typically a consequence. If they have all three sticky notes, they get to pick from my treasure box.
The best thing about this strategy is it can be changed to fit your needs as a teacher. Maybe you have a very outgoing class, and three chances is too many. Or maybe, you teach a younger grade (like I do) so you feel like you should give them more chances. You can also pick your own consequence-sit three minutes out at stations, a mark in their folder, etc.
What I also love about this tool is students start to catch on to when they blurt; you see their hands immediately fly to their mouth as soon as they blurt out an answer, and start to walk over to the chart without being prompted.
In order to have a successful classroom, they have to be able to listen to you without talking over you, and they need to learn not to blurt out the answer in case other students were still thinking about the question. This tool is so effective, and I love using it in my classroom!