I feel like I can foster pretty good discussions in the classroom, and many students will talk and share. I feel like I’m really good at using silence and paraphrasing what students have said. However, I’ve also started to realize that all discussions are filtered to me. Students talk to me, rather than too each other, even when we’re in a circle. I wonder how I can address this. It’s so hard to build student-to-student relationships in a ten week quarter, but I believe it can be done. I want my students to talk to each other. I don’t want to be the facilitator all the time (sometimes, I believe it is necessary, but not all the time).
How do I work to have students talk to each other about issues and ideas, not to me?