I had an inspired idea as I talked with my co-teacher about the talking in our Seminary class. We decided to take our 3 most disruptive students aside individually and ask them to be a hero in the BoM. We asked them if they would like to help us and all three said yes.
To help my students understand how a little participation on their part can greatly increase their understanding of the gospel, and make seminary more than just a "place to be instead of bed", I used this object lesson.
This incredible activity captured on video taught a group of youth just how important their words are to those around them -
An idea that "serves" to create caring within a group
Some ideas for dealing with students with an apathetic attitude
Top 10 Reasons for Keeping Students Awake at 6 AM
Norm setting is a method of setting teacher & student expectations, as well as consequences. It can make a real difference in how next year turns out for you.
Great Object Lesson and Story
This is an excellent talk by Elder Eyring about having a foundation in the gospel, and how obedience plays a roll in that.
Semelles technique for quieting down talkative students
Recognizing their need to chat can earn their respect
Meeting with each student
A recommended website for teachers
Clever ways to improve respect in Seminary
Using zones to control seating and talking problems.
Shake them from their stupor or acting out with an unexpected change