I gave it a little thought and there a few things that seem to frequent my teacher talk...
Ever have those students who have a CONSTANT
annoying endearing inner soundtrack? They hum, they mutter, they drive imaginary tractors, and have audible dialogues with themselves? Well, this is my gentle reminder to them...often...
This is for those students who feel the need to
tattle inform you about EVERY happening of EVERY student in the room...This reminds them the only one they need to be concerned with at the time...is them.
Simple question to keep classroom discussion moving about a topic, and gives them a hint they might be moving in the wrong direction with their answers.
Said in a super quiet, sing-songy voice when kids are off-task...
Kids always have a tendency to freak out when something looks hard, or new, or long. Problem solving in Math ALWAYS gets them in a frenzy...so this is my mantra when I hand out those types of assignments.
My kids are trained to snap forward at "Facing the person in front of you" and talking should cease at "mouths closed"...if any student is oblivious to one or both parts, I repeat the part they haven't done until they are all ready to walk into the hallway.
This one goes two ways...first, as a goal--THIRD GRADE WORK (cue flashing lights and jazz hands)...but sometimes, I use it the other way...when I have students who are those perfectionists/overachievers, who get SO frustrated with themselves because something is not reaching their mental vision, I have to remind them--"You are in 3rd grade, and I want 3rd grade work...it should look like an 8 or 9 year old did it--that's EXACTLY what I am looking for...that, to me, IS perfect."
...and that my friends...is a snippet of my teacher talk! Thanks, Tammy!