Day 143 (of 188) time. Specifically wait time. Inspired by @nolagirlfromtx & @mrburkemath
While waiting for a meeting (one of many this week!) I stumbled upon a tweet chat around #weirdede talking about how ‘being quiet’ can be an effective tool to get the classes attention. And at this time of year, the mad rush of aprilmayjune time can be a big deal: is there enough time to cover all the learning outcomes (no – there never is; even more so in a strike impacted year) can we have another meeting (sure…..at least when a students needs are being discussed!) and time in the classroom…..
But we can’t forget the power of time as a tool.
Especially wait time.
But it can be hard.
Really hard, especially when….well…you know…..we just gotta get going!!
But wait time doesn’t take that much time.
As long as we remember that when we use that tool we enter a time vortex. The time you feel rushing by isn’t real time.
I often remind myself – just when I’m about to break into the chatter (or even the silence) to count (in my head) to twenty. And it feels like it’s going forever….but it’s really just about twenty seconds. Feels painfully long but the proof is in the counting-to-self.
But as eyes start turning that wait time can be tested. Both by yourself (wanting to hurry up, but again: use time as a tool) and sometimes by others. I’ve had a test of wills. And I did win. But it did take two days. The first time (yes – a very unique/challenging case a but I was being uber patient) was the longest. And toughest. Just like that first minute….just like that first twenty seconds can be.
But it can work. Honest.