In this Japanese classroom, explanations are rather interesting. It is a student who gives the class a detailed explanation, with the teacher only contributing to pause to check for questions. The teacher asks students to then repeat the same explanation to their peers around their desks. The teacher publically praises the quality of the explanation and asks for a round of applause, before they conduct a review of the problem as a class.
This is an urban, public school. Watch out for how the teacher:
- Invites a student to provide a detailed explanation of each step in a problem
- Organises students to re-explain the method to their partners
- Recognises student efforts publically
How do you facilitate explanations in your own classroom?