I know--it happens daily!! So how do you help to control it?! Well, kids will be kids. They will always ask when lunch is, even if it's 9 am. They will always interrupt your Author's Purpose lesson to inquire about a bathroom trip. And they'll always stop your Read Aloud to alert you that there's a staple on the floor.
In order to assist with everyday chaos control, I use the palm vs. fist strategy in my classroom. When I'm teaching a lesson, if a student has a statement OR a response to my question, they raise their hand.
|Notice question in sea of answers!|
If they have a QUESTION (of. any. kind.), they raise a fist.
I ALWAYS go to questions last because it helps to control the flow of the lesson. (Plus the question may be answered by the time I'm done.) Also, if it's a non-related question, it doesn't interrupt the "meat" of the lesson.
This technique also requires student metacognition. They have to first decide if what they have to say is a statement or a question. During the beginning of the year, you will have LOTS of "jerky arms" and scrunched up foreheads as they figure this out. (Hey, I get my fun in when I can. :D)
But that's not all! Because kids are "naturally curious," I also use this in my classroom.
Meet Perpetually Pondering Pig.
I'd LOVE to know how others help to control the questioning chaos in THEIR rooms!