24 Ways to Teach Students Not to Blurt Out Answers During Class
Are you looking for ways to teach students not to blurt out answers during class? If so, keep reading.
1. Make sure that reinforcement is not provided for unacceptable behavior(e.g., paying attention to the learner only when they blurt out answers without being called on).
2. Praise the learner for raising their hand to be recognized.
3. Show the learner why they have been asked not to talk.
4. Give the learner a predetermined signal if they begin to blurt out answers without being called on.
5. Give constant, positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior. Ignore as many unacceptable behaviors as possible.
6. Urge the learner to self-monitor their impulsivity. Awareness should lessen impulsive behaviors.
7. Get the learner to work in small groups in which there are frequent chances to speak. As the learner learns to wait longer for a turn to speak, slowly increase the size of the group.
8. Assess the appropriateness of the social situation concerning the learner’s capacity and ability to function successfully.
9. Organize the learner’s surroundings to limit chances for unacceptable behaviors (e.g., keep the learner engaged in learning activities, have the learner seated near the teacher, allow several responses when appropriate, etc.).
10. Teach yourself and others about ADHD to increase comprehension and accommodation of impatient behavior.
11. Give the learner an easily grasped list of consequences for unacceptable behavior.
12. Assist the learner in improving concentration skills (e.g., listening to the speaker, taking notes, preparing remarks in advance, making remarks in an appropriate context, etc.).
13. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Competitive learning activities may cause the learner to become overexcited and blurt out answers without being called on.
14. Teach the learner about ADHD and the need for developing skills to self-monitor behavior.
15. Urge the learner to create an understanding of themselves and those around him/her. Get the learner to periodically step back and ask themselves, “Am I blurting out answers and dominating the conversation?”
16. Urge the learner to create an understanding of the consequences of their behavior by writing down or talking through problems that may happen due to their impulsivity (e.g., perceived as unmannerly, avoided, etc.).
17. Make the learner aware of the number of times they blurt out answers without being called on.
18. Train the learner to carry a notepad with him/ her at all times and to write information down to help them remember.
19. Make sure the learner does not become overstimulated by a learning experience.
20. Get the learner to practice waiting for short periods for a turn to speak. As the learner shows success, slowly increase the duration of time required for a turn to speak.
21. Consider using a classroom management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
22. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
23. Consider using Alexa to help the student learn to behave appropriately. Click here to read an article that we wrote on the subject.
24. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.