Students are returning to school classrooms throughout the country. There is an excitement in the air with all the newness of teachers, classmates, activities and goals for the year. Floors are shiny, writing boards are clean, desks are in order and the smell of fresh paint may even be in the air.
All this newness motivates students to share their excitement with classmates. As a teacher, I encourage socializing, however, there is a time and place for it. When the teacher is speaking to the class is definitely not the proper time or place.
Please be polite and do not speak to other students in the class when the teacher or another student is addressing the class. Doing so wastes time and is rude not only to the teacher, but to everyone in the class.