Have you got a student who ALWAYS wants to be the centre of attention? Answer all of the questions? Refuses to share the opportunity to interact? Well, if you know someone like that in your class then this may just be the “TICKET” for you!
Talking Tickets are easy to use – and they’re discrete! The aim of Talking Tickets is to reduce the amount of calling out and talking in chatty students.
SO HOW DO THEY WORK?
When the day/lesson starts, discuss with the student your expectations, what the activities will be and then discuss the number of tokens needed to be remaining on the card in order to receive a reward – this is also discussed and agreed upon. Then, when the student wants to talk, answer questions, etc. he/she gives you a ticket. The ticket serves as a reminder of controlling impulses as well as limiting the number of times he/she is the centre of attention. And if they blurt out an answer, interject other students etc. you can also remove a ticket.
This technique is not new, but it most certainly works!! I have used it with students with ASD, ADHD and ODD in mainstream and special education settings, in both high school and primary school. It is a great reminder and self-control technique that is discrete, simple and portable – great if your students visit other classrooms regularly.
Personalising them with the student’s name and interest area can help student’s take ownership – simply open the PowerPoint file and add a text box for the student’s name, add in an image related to their interest area for the tickets, and then create reward tickets that will motivate your student.
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