While my fabulous co-teacher was teaching a whole-group reading lesson I sat on the carpet near one of my special friends. Clearly overwhelmed with the excitement of the lesson, my special friend continued to call out, mumble to himself, and repeat what the teacher was saying.
I showed him the 'quiet' card I carry on my badge to give him a silent, visual reminder of what he should be doing, along with my very best "I mean business" teacher look.
"Oh yeah!" he exclaimed, loudly. "QUIET! I forgot- sorry"
I think he was actually quieter before he decided to be quiet.
Internal monologues don't always work properly in first grade.