Speaking Not Leaking


Patrick Mullen, Editor

One rule that a lot of people need to follow is that when others speak, you don’t, but each person needs to have some input into the conversation.

Most of the time, when you hear “I talk, you listen,” that usually means the teacher doesn’t want students to speak while he/she is. I agree. Also, when other students are sharing their ideas on something or another student is speaking to the class, there shall be no talking while they are. I agree. Where I disagree with it is if the teacher tells the students to discuss something but won’t let the students actually talk because they continue to. The teacher needs to keep instructions simple. Keep them short and sweet. Not drag them out forever and potentially distract the student. I think it should be said that teachers should sometimes stop talking and listen to the students for a different view on things. This also could be a help if a student needs help. So yes teachers should talk less in some situations and let the students discuss things, give their input on things, and explain any concerns.

At the same time, the students should not talk while the teacher is. If the teacher says that students need to pay attention or they may miss something, then they need to be quiet. When the teacher is explaining instructions, students should not talk for their own good. They also shouldn’t try to obnoxiously talk over the teacher as if to show off. It is wrong. If the situation was vice versa, the student wouldn’t like it.

Basically, teachers need to consider students and students need to consider teachers. Everyone should have equal say in anything happening in the classroom. If everyone’s in agreement, that’s jolly. If not, there’s a way to work things out so that everyone is on the same page. One way or another, you can do it!