The Chatterbox In a classroom, as I am observing, the teacher is explaining a point on the board prior to group activities, one student turns to another and begins whispering. Don't talk while I'm teaching. The teacher is naturally becoming irritated, especially by Lisa's tone and body language. Strategies to Use Give a positive direction or reminder, followed by thanks. Focus on the desired behavior, rather than the behavior you don't want; for example, "One at a time" or "Remember our rule for manners" rather than "Don't butt in!