Top Mistakes You Might Be Making with a Chatty Class

Struggling with a talkative class? Read more to avoid these top 3 chatty class mistakes and what to do instead.


Discovering that you have a chatty class can be a teacher’s nightmare. The constant interruptions, side conversations, and the struggle to maintain focus can leave you feeling exasperated. If you’ve been scouring social media and search engines for ways to resolve this issue, this post is for you.

Today, we’re going to uncover the top chatty class mistakes many teachers make when trying to manage a talkative class. By understanding these errors, you can save yourself time and avoid strategies that may not benefit you or your students. As someone who has personally struggled with this, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. So let’s dive right in!

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#1 Quick Fix Strategies (Band-Aid Strategies)

One key chatty class mistake is the inadequacy of band-aid solutions. These strategies, such as giving blur beans, organizing classroom parties, or doing a read-aloud, may provide temporary relief but fail to address the underlying issues causing the chattiness. These are band-aid fixes that don’t address the root cause of chattiness.

To effectively tackle chatty classes, you must identify why your class is talkative and address it from there. By understanding why the class is being chatty, you will be able to get to the root of the problem and prevent it from happening in the future.

#2 Irrelevant Consequences

Irrelevant consequences are another common chatty classroom mistake. For instance, taking away recess time may seem like a suitable punishment for a lively class. However, this often backfires as it fails to address the root cause of the behavior. We advocate for the use of natural consequences, which help students learn from their mistakes and make positive changes.

Understanding the root cause of a behavior and aligning the consequence to it is an effective strategy for managing classroom behavior. For instance, if a class is chatty because students have been sitting for over an hour, the natural consequence could be incorporating more movement or brain breaks into the lesson. To fix this, focus on natural consequences that are relevant to the root cause of the behavior.

#3 Feeling Like You’re a Terrible Teacher

Another important chatty classroom mistake is the misconception that a teacher’s success is solely determined by their student’s behavior. This belief places undue pressure on teachers and can lead to feelings of inadequacy when faced with a chatty class. In reality, a teacher’s success should be gauged by their ability to create a safe and conducive learning environment where students can change their behavior.

Navigating behavior is undoubtedly a challenging aspect of teaching. It’s crucial to remember that student’s behavior does not reflect the teacher’s competency. Each student comes with their own unique set of circumstances and behaviors, which a teacher can’t control. What they can control, however, is the environment they create for these students to learn and grow.


In summary, chatty classes are a common challenge, but you can overcome it. Avoid these common chatty class mistakes:

  • Quick Fix Strategies (Band-Aid Solutions)
  • Imposing Irrelevant Consequences
  • Feeling Like a Terrible Teacher

You’re doing an incredible job. Classroom management is a journey, and you’re making progress every day. Take time to honor your feelings, and remember that you’re where you need to be.

If you’re seeking further guidance, consider joining our 3-day Master Classroom Management Challenge. It’s a fantastic opportunity to master classroom management techniques.

As always remember:

See you in the next one, teacher bestie! Bye!


Helena <3


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