Over fifty years ago Ned Flander's careful research found that 2/3 of what happens in classrooms is talk; that 2/3 of the time it is the teacher talking; and that 2/3 of teacher talk is devoted to giving directions [Giving directions includes repeating and clarifying appropriate student behavior and classroom procedures]. He called this phenomenon of incessant, directive teacher talk The Law of Two-Thirds. Flanders also found that the kinds of talk teachers rarely engage in are 1) using student's ideas, 2) using student's feelings and 3) allowing for and recognizing unsolicited student ideas; that is, listening to student ideas that are not answers to teachers' questions but students' self initiated understandings and reactions to the subject matter.
Please reflect on your classroom behaviors and your classroom environment. How much teacher talk do you do in a regular block? What are some steps you can take to cut down on your teacher talk?
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