When you are making a presentation or giving a speech, it can be really helpful to check in with your audience about whether they’re understanding.
It’s also helpful to think carefully in advance about who your audience is and what it’s likely that they will already know,…
As a teacher, very much yes. In addition, I like to ask “What questions do people have?”, because it assumes there will be questions, and I ask “How do people feel about this? Confused? Ok? Totally got it?” and then scan the room making eye contact. This gives people time, it gives them scripts for saying they’re confused, and the eye contact sometimes makes people speak up.
I really like that script.
Does this also work with the students who never make eye contact?
I really like this because “Does anyone have any questions?” puts the students who do into the position of feeling like this is a bad thing. “What questions do you have?” makes me at least feel as though my questions are expected and welcome.
Time after time I’ve had teachers frame having questions as somehow unwanted and looked down on, and subsequently half my study group is too scared of humiliation to actually learn much from the lesson…
I had a couple professors in college who used “Who has questions!” with a big excited grin, and then treated every question as relevant and exciting, which worked pretty well when the class wasn’t half asleep.
My best high-school teacher was fond of “Let’s talk about what I’ve just said. *Opens with a brief restatement of facts*”
Wow, those are great scripts.