Do we give students enough time to think?
Do we give students enough time to talk?
Do we give students enough time to create?
Do we teach them how to do these three things well? Isn't this all part of being literate in today's world? We need to be able to think about things, so that we know what to say, or know what questions we might need to ask. Then we need time to create something that results from that thinking and talking.
When a colleague and I challenged each other to visualize something that we were passionate about, one of the ideas I thought about was this thing about giving students time. Here's what I created:
- Look, observe, absorb
- Describe what you see using your 5 senses
- What connections can you make
- What questions do you have about this work of art?
- What meaning do you get from this work of art?
This was amazing task. The longer we participated in it, the better the students got at it. We could see and hear more connections being made, we could hear more questions being asked! It was awesome! This was great to experience the success of giving students more time.
Are you giving your students enough time?