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How do you teach yourself to speak slower?

Mar 15, 2017 1:02pm

I am student teaching right now, and my mentor teacher and I are trying to break my habit of speaking too quickly. I don't feel like it happens because I'm nervous, talking quickly is just something I have always done and it has not been a problem until. Is there anybody out there with this issue that has fixed it and can offer advice? Or anybody who is also struggling with this? Input is greatly appreciated.

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    • Mar 19, 2017 8:07pm

      I am a teacher educator and this is what I tell my students. Separate what you are saying into chunks based upon how you want your kids to manage each statement. If you are asking a question but plan to offer prompts along with it, ask the question, wait for 10 seconds then offer 1 prompt. If you want them to take out materials and turn to page X, do that, wait for the event to happen and see that everyone is ready, then say your next prompt, wait for action, and so on! I also have my students use their smartphones' stopwatch to say each part, then pause the timer to make sure students are understanding, then start the timer again to say the next part.