Silences in Teaching

Les voix du silence dans l’académie

Anna Lathropd

The creation of an environment that values silence in a large lecture hall with hundreds of students is possible. Unfortunately, the lecture hall is far too often perceived as a place where students hide and instructors simply disseminate information. As a result, it is not uncommon to see instructors who ignore student detachment and continue to lecture above the noise of student conversation. This development simply affirms the fact that the collegial connection is absent. A lecture hall filled with hundreds of students does not preclude the possibility of complete silence. In fact, as experienced instructors will attest, when moments of enraptured silence do occur, there is very little that can equal the power of their effect.