Sometimes teachers (especially in an inquiry-centered classroom) can get so caught up in running around the room helping students, that we miss the big picture.
What would happen if you just observed your students and took notes? No talking, no running around putting out fires, just watching and listening. What would you learn about your class – about the people who make up the class?
Key things to watch/ listen for:
- What do they do when they enter the room?
- How do they interact with each other?
- What are they talking about?
- Are they helping each other?
- If they are helping each other, are they collaborating and assisting or are they just giving answers?
- Does anyone step up and show leadership in the absence of your voice?
Sometimes you can learn a lot when you shut your mouth, slow down and pay attention to the details.