Special Ed Corner: Talk Less and Listen More in the Special Ed Classroom

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Have you ever thought about the importance of being quiet in your classroom?  We all know the importance of modeling language for learners with language disorders and this often makes us think that we need to be talking all the time in our classrooms.  Couple that with the need to provide reminders and prompts and often times we find ourselves talking throughout the day.
Do you hear children talking to adults and to each other? Or do you hear lots of adults talking?  What are they saying?  Is most of the language you hear from adults to students? Is it primarily focused on what the adults want the students to do?  If the answer is yes, is that the language we want to model for our students?
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