Kyle Scott


Cumbernauld Academy

  • Assessment For Learning

What happens when wait-time is used during questioning in the classroom?


This professional enquiry tested the effects on pupils verbal responses to an increase in wait time following a question. On average, teachers only wait between 0.7 and 1.4 seconds after asking a question (Stahl, 1994). However, most children will take anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds to fully process a question and link this information to an appropriate response.


The aim of this practitioner enquiry was to identify the most effective question and answer methods to encourage a higher response rate of appropriate answers in the classroom. The use of scaffolds, such as additional pupil input and ‘bounce techniques’, were also explored to determine if this resulted in higher cognitive level learning.

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