In the following video, Jim Scrivener reveals his secret teaching tip for classroom management. It is so simple and I’d encourage you to watch this short video before reading on.
So what was the secret teaching tip? Jim mentioned that instructors should not give students immediate yes/no feedback when responding to a question. Instead, they should simply wait for five seconds. This gives other students in the class the chance to voice their approval or disapproval of the given answer and share their insight into what the answer may be. I find this to be a brilliant technique as it encourages discussion in the classroom. A one-on-one conversation between an instructor and student and open up to a group discussion simply by the instructor holding back on their response. In my teaching I always wait a bit after asking my class a question, however it has not occurred to me to wait a bit after the student has given their answer. This is definitely a technique I will apply to my teaching straight away. Thanks Jim!