Cole destroyed his basal ganglia, the cells in his brain responsible for many important fundamental operations when he was crushed under a 4-wheeler.
18 months later and after intensive therapy, Cole entered his sophomore year of high school and is dependent on an adult for his daily needs. He came back to school because he missed his friends and is determined to walk across the stage during graduation.
It is truly enjoyable spending time with Cole and I sincerely look forward to it. The last time he stopped by my classroom, he named my new turtle "Ricky".
As a result of his brain injury, there is a delay in communication which makes interacting very uncomfortable.
After his last visit, I began feeling poorly about myself because I felt uneasy around Cole. It is the delay that I’m struggling with.
The delay translates to a silence lasting, what seems like, eons. In reality, the time between exchanges is only about 20 seconds.
Why am I uncomfortable with delays between spoken exchanges?
Why are we so impatient to receive responses when in conversation?
Why are silent pauses so awkward?
As with every perplexing question, The Pragmatic TV Teacher dove into the realm of literature to find an answer.
There is an answer, and also a way to use silent pauses to our advantage while teaching.
This article describes why silent, extended pauses are uncomfortable. The second part to the article discusses how we can use silence during lesson implementation.