September 22 2012

Think-time

Good things come to those who wait. This is true in life and in the classroom. Studies show that when teachers give at least three seconds of waiting time after a question is asked and after a student answers, great things happen. There are less “I don’t know” answers or no answers at all.

Ask students, “As a result of this lesson, what changes will you make this week?” And then wait at least three seconds in silence, giving someone an opportunity to speak. After a student speaks, continue to wait at least three seconds before responding. Students will feel more comfortable and will contribute more in class.