Sunday, November 13, 2011

Daily Assignment #92: Teacher Talk

Research shows that teachers talk 70-80% of the time during a typical lesson and students speak for 20-30% of the time.  No wonder we are exhausted.  It should be the other way around with teachers speaking 20-30% of the time.  However, we all know that there are lessons which require more direct instruction/ teacher talk.   Keep in mind the average learner's attention span is 10-18 minutes.  If you are teaching a 45 minute class, and you are talking from the beginning, just know your students have shut you off after the first 10-15 minutes. So, plan well.
We need to be more cognizant of how much talking we do and try to restrict our talking to vital moments during instruction.  If the teacher only talks during vital moments the students are more likely to listen because  they know that when the teacher talks it must be important.  Also, teachers need to be aware of the language and vocabulary they use, therefore modeling for students.
Our students need to talk more in class, of course on topic.  In this way, students have more opportunities to use language and vocabulary related to the topic and demonstrate their skills.  The teacher will also have another form of assessment.
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