Developmental Designs Response to Blurting

Blurting in the classroom takes many forms:

  • Answering a question without permission
  • Asking a nonrelated question without permission
  • Adding a nonrelated statement

Seventh grade educator, Connie Leuenberger finds a common time for her students to blurt is after a student offers an opinion or an incorrect answer.

Students blurt less when Leuenberger speaks since she's implemented conversation-management tips. But her students still blurt over each other's contributions, almost as if the urge to jump in is overwhelming and they can't help it. Sound familiar?

The impulse to contribute can be great for adolescents. They want their opinions and ideas heard! But they have to curb the urge to blurt by building awareness of others in the group. Gather students and model an effective conversation using Kitchen Table Talk. Speakers learn to join the conversation gracefully and respectfully while they avoid talking over each other. This is an art that keeps your class contributing with control. 

10 methods to manage your students' conversations.