Maybe we became teachers because we like to be in control. But there is a problem with that. Real conversation between people, the good stuff, cannot be controlled. In a good discussion, no one voice dominates. Good talk is a dance among equals.
That is where the 50% rule applies. I think that that 50% rule is not followed in a lot of classrooms. The 50% rule means that we have to listen to our kids and they have to listen to us. It’s a two way street. We often think that this “two way” rule means that the onus of listening is on our students. But the onus of listening is on us, too. What does that mean?