Blurt Beans to the Rescue

Hey there!

We've all had chatty classes before, but this year my kiddos were having an even harder time than I was used too. I had tried my regular go to strategies and they just weren't working. So I started doing some blog hopping and research to find the support that I needed... BLURT BEANS!

What you need...

1. A container to hold your beans in waiting or lost beans
2. A clear container to show growth/goals/incentives
3. Beans
4. Containers for desk to hold the beans ( I bought stackable pill containers from the Dollar Tree and put wall Tac 'N Stik under each of them them to hold them on the desks.)

Before I introduced the beans I decided to read a few different stories on the importance of not blurting or interrupting. We had great discussion and even made some anchor charts on what it looked like to be a good listener.

I made sure to let kids now that a busy body/body noises are like blurting too (clapping, clicking our mouths, snapping fingers, etc.) It's not just words that can interrupt someone. (This has been huge for my class)

The stories I chose were:

"Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" -speaking to how objects and not paying attention is just as diruptive
"Interrupting Chicken"
"My Mouth is a Volcano"
"Lacey Walker, NONSTOP TALKER"




After two days of focused teaching about the effects of blurting on those around us and our learning I decided to introduce Blurt Beans.

Implementing

1. I put 4 beans in each kiddos blurt bin each morning.

2. Every time they have a blurt I hold the sign language letter "b" close to me, make eye contact and the kids go and put a blurt bean in the discard container. I have also quietly approached kids if they are not paying attention (ha ha)

3. At the end of the day I have all the kids come put their Blurt Beans in the Incentive Jar.

Incentives

I chose 4 incentives which I will change from time to time.

1. 10 minutes of extra recess
2. 20 minutes of free time
3. 30 minutes of extra recess
4. Popcorn & movie party!

Make that first incentive pretty easy to achieve. We earned our first 10 minutes of bonus recess within two days! The 10 minutes I lost in instruction time for the incentive will be nothing compared to the time I will be gaining by intentionally teaching about being a respectful listener. PLUS we need to find positives in every situation if we can!





Good luck to you!





4 comments:

  1. I may have to try Blurt Beans this year! Such a cute idea!

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  2. I love this idea for behavior management! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Hey Kacie,

    I have been using blurt beans for 3 years and absolutely love it. I have the book "Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker" because my maiden name was Lacie Walker! Also, I saw that your name is Kacie with the same ending as my name (Which is the correct spelling!) What a small world! I used to have a PDF with blurt bean labels for both jars and the original creator does not have the PDF on TPT anymore. Is there any way you can email me your file or the link to where you got the labels for your jars. This post brightened my day!

    Thank you, Lacie Castillo

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    1. I do not know if you have access to my email address: castillo.lacie@franklin-academy.org

      Thank you for any information you are willing to share!

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