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Your Secret Weapon: Wait Time

Asking students for quick answers is a bad idea. Here's why.

You ask a lot of questions in class - and probably get frustrated by the poorly-thought-out answers you receive. Here's an idea: Give your students time to think about your questions before asking for an answer. This is called "wait time," and it dramatically improves the length, diversity, and quality of the answers your students will give to the questions you ask. Read on for more ways to use this go-to teaching strategy for nearly any type of in-class inquiry.

Excerpted from

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Teacher
Anthony D. Fredericks, Ed.D.

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Teacher © 2005 by Anthony D. Fredericks. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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