How to Handle a Chatterbox

A chatterbox can prove to be a handful for any teacher. Their talking is disruptive for other students and can make your job as an educator much more difficult. There are certain teacher tips that you can use to learn how to handle the chatterbox in the most effective way.

When facing a chatterbox many teachers are naturally angered towards them especially if they answer back in a rude way. The problem is that many of these teachers use wrong tactics to handle the chatterbox that do not resolve the problem.

The tips below though are perfect for use by teachers so that they can handle the chatterbox most effectively:

Set expectations for your class:

Students need to be taught what you expect from this in clear language. The chatterbox may need you to set explicit behavioural expectations so that you can discipline them and do your job. The earlier that you establish rules and expectations the easier it will be for you.

You cannot expect your classroom to be filled with silence but you need to tell your students how you want them to speak. Raising their hand before they can talk to you or the level of noise that you want can help to keep a chatterbox under (some) control and make it easier for you to handle.


Even when you have set expectations in great detail you can find that the chatterbox may from time-to-time need you to gently remind them. This is particularly true of very young children who aside from being talkative can also have a small attention span.

Reminding the chatterbox once again of your expectations can usually do the trick and get them to behave how you want them to. You can go through the rules once again so that they can very clearly get the message that you want them to.


As an educator it is your responsibility to teach students required skills and behavioural traits. Chatterboxes should be taught how their behaviour and talkative nature is effecting other students and you. You need to encourage them to respect you and fellow students.

Even very young children can understand these basic things so don’t neglect this step if you think that they are too young to understand. This can also develop a sense of compassion towards others which is a great thing for young people to learn.

Face-to-face conversation:

Another way that you can handle the chatterbox is to have a face-to-face conversation with them in private. This is helpful for the very troublesome chatterboxes who despite your best efforts are not succumbing to your effort.

During this conversation you can try and find out why the student is talking so much or inappropriately. Chatterboxes may not always talk because they are naughty children. Sometimes it maybe due to the fact that they don’t know any better, they are having family problems or easily distracted.

Bring the chatterbox closer:

You might not want the chatterbox anywhere near especially if you are very irritated by their recent behaviour but this is another helpful way that you can handle the chatterbox effectively. Seating the chatterbox nearer to you means that you can keep an eye on them.

For the chatterbox the fact that they are so close to you means that they will become more aware of their behaviour. Distancing them from their friends can also help as they will not be as distracted by them.

The chatterbox can be disruptive but if you use the tips above you can very easily handle the chatterbox. You can then refocus on your job as a teacher and guide your students towards success.