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Shhh...don't talk so much


"If you would only listen,

you might just realize what you're missing"

Bubble Toes by Jack Johnson

Hey there,

Stop talking so much: Ok, let me explain...I was reading an article about small steps teachers can take to increase student engagement. The small step was to let students do far more talking than the teacher does. Learning to think critically and communicate takes time and lots of practice. When working with kids, we have to give them time and space to think and talk out loud.

But that's so difficult!

Yes, especially if you're like me and love to talk. Here were a few tips to let kids talk more:

  • Let them talk first
  • When you do speak model how to explain your thinking. Speak in complete sentences and explain your thought process (I used to think this...but now I know...)
  • Ask questions instead of giving directions or explaining the answer: What's the first step? How does your teacher do that? Do you see any clues?
  • Encourage them to elaborate. Show them that you want to hear more than a "yes" or "no" answer: How did that feel? What does it look like? Does it remind you of anything?
  • For more tips check out my video How do I get my kids to talk to me?

I'll be posting some examples of this on my instagram this week.

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