Ever hear crickets chirping when you ask a question during a lesson? Sometimes, my young women even stare at me as if I had a third eye in the middle of my forehead! It used to bother me. Over time I’ve developed a few different tricks to help me deal with it when they get silent.
- Remember that they are hearing this question for the first time and may need time to think about it.
- Wait until you can’t stand it, then wait one more minute.
- Rephrase the question.
- Have them write their answer first.
- Use your sense of humor. I look at the clock and say, “No problem. We have 20 minutes left of class time. I can wait!”
I’ve found that this helps when tongues become suddenly tied.
Now, it’s your turn. What do you do when they are slow to answer your questions?
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