5 Tips for When Youth Get Quiet During a Lesson

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.


  1. Remember that they are hearing this question for the first time and may need time to think about it.
  2. Wait until you can’t stand it, then wait one more minute.
  3. Rephrase the question.
  4. Have them write their answer first.
  5. 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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