When other teachers see me teaching or training they are often very surprised that I spend most of the time sitting back saying nothing.
(Which is a big contrast to how I come across on the online training videos!)
The reason is that if I give a student a task e.g. a teacher to figure out how to do something on a computer or lesson plan, or a student in how to say a particular phrase, then I don’t want to give them the answer.
And I especially don’t want them to wait for me to give them the answer!
So I wait.
I don’t even want them to ask me if they got it right. I just want them to do it. To take charge and just do it or say it.
*I* know they can do it, that’s why I chose that particular task for them. And I also know they *don’t* know they can do it, that’s why I chose that particular task for them. 🙂
So I wait for them to get the courage to try. If they get it wrong, who cares, we’ve covered that before.
When they get it right, they feel like they’ve just run a marathon!
Big smiles all round.
For many teachers this pausing feels weird.
So they jump in.
They feel they have to move things on.
They feel they have to fill the space with some talking of their own.
And the *kids* learn to wait. Instead of think.
They know the teacher will give them the answer. Or move on to the next kid. So why bother?
And then the teacher says that their students are “shy” or won’t answer questions or talk in class. 🙂
Don’t ask me!
It’s all a question of what sort of teacher you want to be.
Do you want to be the one that talks all lesson, that fills all the gaps and can’t bear the long pauses?
……what sort of teacher do you want to be?