30 Nov Mentor Teaching Move: It’s Worth the Wait Time #T4TMoments
It is an oldie but a goodie.
Wait time sends the message that we are not in a rush. Learning, discussing, and reflecting takes time.
Wait time sends the message that everyone’s voice is important. When we wait for a person to express his/her thoughts we let them know they are worth the wait.
Wait time sends the message that listening is as important to learning as talking.
Wait time sends the message that it’s a good idea to gather and revise your thoughts before you speak — consider what you want to say and how you want to say it.
Wait time sends the message that the quality of response is valued more than the speed of response.
Classrooms function at hyperspeed these days – so much do to and so little time to do it in. Wait time is becoming a dying art. We believe it is a mentor teaching move that is too important to lose. When we feel the pressure of time, we try to remember the benefits of wait time and that slow and steady wins the race more often than not.