Students, whether they are talkers or thinkers, need time to flesh out their thoughts or let them marinate. You can tell the students in your class who talk out their ideas and those who simply ruminate. The key for both is that time helps both types of learners. In your teaching make sure there is time to think and time to discuss the things that matter the most.
This lesson is a case study in discussion and reflection. The travelers were “discussing,” but it wasn’t enough—they needed time for the biggest event in history to settle in to its great significance. Whether you offer students time to think in class, or reflective opportunities after class, the critical point is to give them permission to be patient with their conclusions.