Extending the Silence
The silence of the teacher after they ask a question can be unsettling for both the student and the teacher. However, extending the silence can be an effective way to ensure that all students have the opportunity to answer a question.
- Students can use the time to think about the question and come up with a response.
- It can help students to focus on the question and not on the answer.
- It can help students to be more prepared for the next question.
- It can help students to be more thoughtful and responsive when they are asked a question.
- It can help to build a better relationship between the teacher and the student.
There are a few things to consider when extending the silence. First, ensure that the question is relevant to the class material. Second, make sure that every student has a fair opportunity to answer the question. Finally, be sure to thank the student for their contribution.
“Not every learner thinks at the same speed.” This means that teachers should pause for 5–15 seconds before calling on students.