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Wait Time in Student-Centered Discussion

Wait time in student-centered discussion is so important. Using wait time helps to decrease teacher talk and increase student talk and participation. What should you do for wait time? How much wait time should you give? Many great ideas to help you effectively use wait time as well as some things not to do during student discussions so you don't hijack a conversation and give students ownership of discussions whether you're in elementary or secondary.

How many times does this happen? You’re having a classroom discussion, your students are talking and then…crickets. You’re a great teacher, so you know that you need to provide adequate wait time, but that silence is deafening. All too often, I used to jump in and provide an idea or add a follow-up question to […]

Improving Student Discussion Pt. 4 Decreasing Teacher Talk

Looking for ways to improve your discussion? Discussions are for your students not for you. These strategies and tips for decreasing teacher talk will change how you and your students see classroom discussions.

As teachers, we talk a LOT more than we realize. During student discussions, though, we really need to let the students talk. In this post I’ll be focusing on some of the main reasons that teachers jump into discussions and ways for decreasing teacher talk. It may not be easy, but you can do it! […]