Excess teacher talk can bombard students with an overload of words, leaving them struggling in a world of confusion and possibly contributing to unnecessary referrals for behavioral issues. This is especially true for boys, according to one educational psychologist, who states that the ears of boys form as young as four, process sounds more slowly and provide less information to the brain than the ears of girls. Ironically, 85 percent of primary school teachers are women, hence intensifying the problem of information overload.
Slow down your speech
Teachers should be encouraged to slow down speech and maintain eye contact. This teaching style will lead to growth in literacy development and reduction in behavioral problems. Make a conscious effort to make and keep eye contact. Speak slowly and distinctly. Ask students to repeat the essence of what was said.
Maintain eye contact
Teachers often underestimate the importance of student eye contact. One aspect of non-verbal communication is the use of the eyes to convey messages. The eyes are a powerful tool for both the teacher and the student, yet much classroom time is spent with eyes fixated on the floor, the board, the window, or roaming around the classroom. It is recommended that there should be three to five seconds for eye contact to take place.
Student talk time
Believe it or not, student talk time should be around 80 percent during instructional time. When students speak more, they have increased opportunities to become familiar with new material. They must also rely on their skills. For example, if two students misunderstand one another, they must work together to correct the misinterpretation. This better prepares the class for the real world, where they can’t rely on the teacher for assistance. As the teacher speaks less, students have added opportunity for interest and challenge. Most students enjoy active engagement activities as opposed to long lectures.
In conclusion, it is clear that students greatly benefit from limited talking by the teacher. The most effective ways of increasing communication and maximizing student’s talk time is to create a comfortable classroom with a positive atmosphere where speaking is valued and everyone has a chance to talk. Keep in mind that it’s not the teacher’s role in the classroom that’s central, but the roles of students.