How Long Could YOU Keep From Talking?

by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on Thursday, November 13 2008, 5:12pm. Viewed 1,203 times.

No TalkingDave was normally a pretty noisy 5th-grader.  In fact, maybe he was a loudmouth.   But after reading about Gandhi, and how for many years he spent one day a week not talking at all, Dave thought it was worth finding out what it would be like to keep silent.  After about a half day of trying silence on his own, he and Lynsey took up a dare to make silence a contest between the 5th grade boys and the 5th grade girls. They set the time limit of 2 entire days.  Exceptions were only that they were allowed to respond to a teacher with a 3-word answer.  Any more words counted as points for the other side. 

What happened to the teachers when the lunch room was entirely silent?  How did they manage in their classes? 
Who won?  And how DID it feel to keep mostly silent for all that time?

Andrew Clements has come up with another unique situation for his characters in No Talking.   

Do you think you could keep silent for even one entire day?

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on Friday, November 14 2008, 4:31pm

Those who know me may not believe it, but yes I did keep silent for one day once!

What a great practice and idea for kids to think about and try. We could all learn a thing or two from Gandhi, couldn't we?

gawell@evpl wrote
on Saturday, November 15 2008, 3:02pm

Was this silent spree preceded by a tonsillectomy?

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." - Gandhi

A tongue for a tongue makes the whole world hum.

on Monday, November 17 2008, 1:25pm

When I was a kid I tried to stay quiet for a day, but my older brother made fun of me until I snapped.

on Monday, November 17 2008, 1:53pm

Check out John Francis, the Planetwalker, at  He went 17 years without talking and 22 years without speaking -- in protest over an environmental calamity.  We have his book and I saw him speak at the last ALA meeting.  He was quite impressive.