I’ve got a problem. My problem is that I get excited about what I teach. No, that’s not the problem–the problem is that when I do get excited, I talk fast. Too fast for my students to understand me. I know this because my principal gave a generic “how’s the class going/comments/suggestions” survey to a few of my classes and about 45 of the 51 students who took the survey mentioned that I talked too fast. Oops.
So the very next day, I created a new participation points job: the “slow-down-Mr.-Newman-you’re-talking-way-too-fast” sign holder. See explanation Powerpoint below:
Here’s the sign with front & back:
Students may sign up for the role at the beginning of the week and all their job is to listen carefully as they are taking notes, and if I start talking too fast, they simply hold up the sign.
The first day I was very conscious not to talk too fast simply because I knew the sign was “out there”, but hopefully this can help me become a better teacher in the future.