Weaning the Helpless Handraisers
“If you simply explain what the student ‘doesn’t know,’ you walk right into the trap.”
The helpless handraisers, are those students who, during Guided Practice, sit with their hands waving in the air, waiting to be personally tutored.
However, when we stop to tutor one of those students — which takes 3-5 minutes — we reinforce their helplessness and lose the rest of the class. Within 10 seconds, the noise level rises and time-on-task plummets.”