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My first-grader gets in trouble for talking in class. Should I be concerned?


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Anonymous December 12, 2007


My first-grader gets at least one warning a week from his teacher for talking in class and/or blurting out the answer. He is in the gifted and talented program. My child and two others in his regular class get accelerated work. Should I be concerned or is it typical for first-grade boys to get at least one warning a week on their behavior chart? I have asked the teacher for a conference. I've also started taking away privileges at home.

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i_am_pauls_mom January 21, 2008


Just be glad that it's not every single day. It's 'very' normal for girl/boy to talk in class. From past experiences we did NOT punish our son for his actions at school 'unless' it was so severe that he got an incident report. (which is really not good)

You'll see as he gets into higher grades that getting into trouble for talking ONCE a week is really considered a WONDERFUL student. As long as he takes direction 'after' he gets his warning to STOP talking, I really would PRAISE him for stopping instead of taking anything away from him.

I try to find 'something' positive from ANY situation and I find that it's great that he does stop when asked to.

Personal experience here.

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Texasgirl411 August 23, 2008


it is normal i've been in the same thing i'm a 7th grader and i like to help people though you dont need to be concered but if hises doing it constantly i say sit down and have a talk with but kids need there freedom

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verawilliams35 June 4, 2009


I believe your child could be bored and needs to be more challenged. Maybe the teacher should have a day of discussion in class and allow the children to be able to express themselves. My second grader is going through a tough time and I am transferring him to another school that will fit his learning needs. Sometimes children are bored especially if he knows all the answer he needs to be in a challenging school that will provide his talent of learning. Look into schools that will understand.

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eccentric June 4, 2009


Every once in a while all children talk in the class, but talking all the time or a lot of times doesn't only take the focus away, it is distractive for the rest of the class.

I'm glad you are taking action at home, but I'm not sure how taking privileges away at home will help at the school! I think a better way (worked with my son) is to tell you child that you will be in touch with the teacher on regular basis, and that he will be rewarded if you didn;t get a complain from the teacher. Start with someting tiny/day and then something/week.

Also, it helps with my children if I teach them that their bahaviour can be frustrating for the teacher and the rest of the students. In other words, his actions are affecting so many people in a negative way and that's not good for anybody! I think pretty quickly your child will learn to respect that aspect also.
Best of luck. Cheers!

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raudawala September 10, 2009


I AGREE, ONCE IN AWHILE A CHILD WILL TALK IN THE CLASSROOM. WE AS KIDS DID IT. SO I WOULD NOT PUNISH A CHILD FOR TALKING IN CLASS. THE KIDS ARE JUST ACTING THEIR AGE. IT IS NORMAL. AND YES, I AS A PARENT WOULD KEEP REMINDING MY CHILD ABOUT CLASSROOM RULES AND RESPECT. WE AS PARENTS HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT "WE ARE OUR KIDS FIRST TEACHERS."



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