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An introduction to wait time


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Using wait time in the classroom to increase understanding, student learning and behaviour.

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An introduction to wait time

  1. 1. Mary Budd Rowe’s research shows What you do after asking a question impacts on your students They expect a response within 0.9 seconds Many teachers ask two or three questions per minute Often they Then only a few answer their seconds before own questions moving on What can you do? Introduce wait time
  2. 2. What is wait time? Always ask open ended questions Or use think – pair – Wait 3 – 10 seconds partner response before asking for a response Ask random students to Ignore the respond waving hands
  3. 3. Research is showing that when you changeyour questioning style to include wait time But it Teachers (requiring must be That and higher Student academic taught discipline students order achievement improves ask better thinking to improves questions skills) become a HABIT
  4. 4. Wait time gives time for Time to Time to access Increased respond with prior metacognition accuracy and knowledge precision
  5. 5. Wait time helps The All To reduce student to students to impulsivity reflect focus
  6. 6. Wait time supports these Habits of Mind Listening with Thinking Striving for interdependently understanding accuracy and empathy
  7. 7. How else can they show understanding? Think pair share
  8. 8. What can you do now? Wait Time: Slowing Down May Be A Way of Speeding Up! Article by Mary Budd Rowe Thoughtful Teachers Handbook