732. Let your students talk!

One day teacher of English A said to teacher of English B, “It’s not necessary for you to repeat aloud the words or the sentences your students say as a response to your questions or prompts.

I guess you may do it inadvertently. You want to repeat their answers – sentences or words – for their classmates to hear clearly, or like your repetition was better than their own responses.

I’d tell you to stop, to not repeat those answers. Help your students to talk by themselves, to be listened to with their own voices. Thus you’re helping them become more aware of their contributions, a bit more and more autonomous. With passing weeks you’ll get used to this boosting their – not yours! – contributions.” / Photo from: nctm org. Classroom teacher students


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