Recently a reader sent me a question regarding “Teacher Talk Time”- The time at the beginning of a lesson the teacher spends talking about the lesson before work time. I have found that each teacher varies greatly regarding “TTT” (Teacher Talk Time), but the conversation came up regarding what amount of time is appropriate, and how much should be spent delivering the content vs. work time.
My 45 Minutes of art class can be broken down into the following:
TTT: 5-15 minutes (this all depends if we are in the beginning of the lesson, or middle) The introduction to a month-long lesson can take me 15-30 minutes to introduce and explain, but once we get into production mode, the TTT is greatly reduced to around 5 minutes to explain the next step.
Work Time: around 30 Minutes
Clean Up: around 5 Minutes
Time is so precious in our art rooms. Students only get a few set minutes each week to create. We must set up the parameters for them to be able to do this, while still teaching and allowing for student interaction as well as clean up. How do we get it all done? Lets get the conversation going- I’d love to hear what you do, and what you think about this.
How much do you spend teaching the content?
How much time do you allow students to talk and contribute?
How much is left for art production and clean up?