Can You Repeat That?
In a virtual classroom, it can be hard to judge your pacing as you speak. Like a runaway train, it’s easy for your words to pick up steam, and before you know it your students need you to repeat yourself. How can you ensure you are easy to listen to?
Check your timing. A good rate of speech is 125-150* words per minute. Use a timer or record yourself to find out where you fall.
Are you speaking at more than 150 wpm? Slowing down can be hard. Try thinking about adding pauses or breaths in between your sentences. Less than 125 wpm? It’s time to pick up the pace so your student’s attention doesn’t drift.
* Age, levels of learning, and fluency in English can also affect the speed that will be most effective in your classroom. When in doubt, try asking your students in an anonymous survey.
"Compassionate listening is the greatest and simplest form of peacekeeping."
- Cleo Wade
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