While my typical classroom was far from silent, it became very apparent to me that silence can be golden. Not only does it help students focus, but it also demands their respect to the topic at hand, and helps them to process the information more deeply and more emotionally.
And really, the use of this method is quite simple. Just follow these vital steps:
- Create a classroom climate where respect is commonplace.
- Set up the activity ahead of time and explain the importance of silence.
- Arrange "escapes" for those who cannot remain silent.
- Encourage conversation in written form.
- Allow time for processing of information.
Finally, remember the following tips when teaching with the silent method in your classes:
And one last point - after the lesson is over, let your students know that they should NEVER be silent about these topics again. Silence can be deadly!
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