Let’s face it, this is probably true for most teachers. I know it’s true for me. And now I’m getting older and really do know best, so isn’t it justified?
Here is a quote from Alexis Wiggens’ blog post that I have had in my head since I read it: “If I could go back and change my classes now, I would immediately: . . . set an egg timer every time I get up to talk and all eyes are on me. When the timer goes off, I am done. End of story. I can go on and on. I love to hear myself talk. I often cannot shut up. This is not really conducive to my students’ learning, however much I might enjoy it.”
(And by the way, do you think I could learn to write so effectively as she does? In an interview I heard this morning, the late Kent Haruf said that good writing takes more practice than talent. I don’t need to be as good as him, but I would like to hold people’s interest. Or maybe even prompt a reader to respond in the comments. I’ll keep practicing.)
One thing I have done for the last half of my teaching career is to take myself out of the front of the classroom. Ideally my classroom has no front and I sit at a student desk among the students. My goal is for us to learn together, not for me to give information and for them to receive it.
I’m not exactly sure how to work on limiting my talking. I think that is code for: I don’t really think I have a problem with this. Maybe I should do a wall sit every time I start speaking, then I’ll quickly know when I’ve gone on too long.
Still thinking about this one.