Jonathan Arkley


Airdrie Academy

  • Assessment For Learning

How Will Increasing Wait Time After Questioning Affect Pupil Responses?


In the classroom, teachers usually give a pause of between 0.7 and 1.4 seconds after asking pupils a question which often creates slow responses or no responses at all. This professional enquiry aims to test the effects on verbal responses from pupils when changing the wait-time during questioning within lessons.


Using questioning effectively within the classroom allows the teacher to give the pupils more ownership of their learning and encourages them to think for themselves (Pearson and Webb, 2008).The aims of this practitioner enquiry aims to find the best ways in which pupils respond to questions and to find out whether or not giving the learners more wait-time will increase the number of pupils willing to share answers and whether or not this will affect the quality of the answers given. When considering GIRFEC and the SHANARRI wheel, as a teacher it is my responsibility to ensure my learners are successful learners and confident individuals (Scottish Government, 2017). This practitioner enquiry aims to find a way in which I can increase pupil engagement and participation within my lessons through questioning and making this more effective by increasing wait-time.

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