The lost art of doing nothing in the classroom – a guide for teachers

Teachers are trying to do too much when it comes to student learning, says this teacher. They need to take a step back and give students the room to grow.


Even in an already incredibly hectic jobs such as teaching, we tend to feel at fault if we are not doing something all of the time during the working day. While useful in some instances, this can be counter-productive in the classroom.


There are times when a teacher needs to step back and allow the important work of learning to commence. Our temptation too often is to interfere in order to ‘make sure’ or ‘guide’ when actually all we achieve is a disruption of the working mood of the room. What the students actually need is for you to leave them to it.


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