The first three secrets simply were not enough, right? I am sharing with you some of my "hindsight is 20/20" educator revelations after reading Ken Bain's What the Best College Teachers Do. Reading this book evoked "ah-ha!" moments one after another after another; I realized how I could have been far, far more effective in the classroom many moons ago if only I had known then what I know now.
Read on, and see what ah-ha! moments you have!
Secret #4: It does not have to be a lightning round of Jeopardy!, but demonstrate for students it is expected and acceptable to ask questions. And they may (and should!) do so without fear. And this fear is dissipated by you inviting their voices. Start each class in a way that signals to students your voice will not be the only one that is heard in the classroom.
You have heard and seen them before ... those colleagues who sound infinitely more confident and commanding than ever and in such an incredibly pleasant way.
How do they do it?!
How. Do. They. Do. It?!
Is it volume? Tone? Pitch? Do they have one of those unique kinds of voices that draws people to them? Ah ... wait a minute. They were Communication majors in college. That's it. Or are they naturally great communicators, so out the window and off the table are the hopes of cracking the code and discovering their secret sauce?
Not so fast! Yes, we have colleagues who are innately positioned to consistently deliver a message and deliver it well. And others may have formal education or training in the areas of voice and diction.
Or - and this is the part you really want to hear (read) - in all frankness, none of that matters because, my friends, I have cracked the code! I have the secret sauce. And you are not going to believe how EASY it is! What's more is you are not going to believe that you already know how to do it!
Are you ready? This is for you, Nona!
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