Did I give my learners enough time to think, to explore and to think deeper before sharing their ideas with the rest of the class?
I was teaching Maths in one class (older students) one day last term, and after the lesson before the end of the day, a student from that class came up to me and said, 'Ms, you did not give me enough time to think and explain my thinking'. I was a bit surprised because I thought the lesson went well and that everyone participated. This student made me think about the impact of 'wait time' on students' learning.
Therefore for the first three weeks of this term (Term 4), I will increase my 'waiting time' in Mathematics to support and help increase students' confidence, deeper thinking and independence.
In the above video the teacher says only one word and the children lead the conversation right through to the end. The teacher waits and gives these young learners plenty of time to explore and express their own ideas.