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About this Micro-credential

Key Method

The teacher makes effective use of wait time.

Method Components

During an activity, the teacher demonstrates how wait time can help frame clearer questions and responses.

What is wait time?

  • Allow at least 3–5 seconds of wait time after asking or responding to a question.

If there is no response after 5–10 seconds of wait time, you might want to consider one or more of the following:

  • Repeat the question.
  • Rephrase the question.
  • Simplify the question.
  • Break the question down into its component parts.
  • Make the question more specific.

Research & Resources

Supporting Research


Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be scored. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing score for Parts 1, 3, and 4 and a “Yes” for Part 2.

Part 1. Overview questions

(200-word limit for each response)

  • Activity Description: Please provide a short, contextual description of the activity in which the Wait Time protocol was demonstrated.
  • Activity Evaluation: How do you know your students increased their proficiency as a result of your use of wait time? What evidence did you collect that demonstrates these learning gains?

Part 2. Evidence/artifacts

Submit one video that demonstrates your competence with the wait time protocol and evidence that it contributed to improved classroom discussion.

Part 3. Student reflection

For the evidence listed above, please submit two student reflections on the activity. Use the following question as guidance (200-word limit for each reflection):

  • How did the wait time process help facilitate and improve the group/class discussion?

Part 4. Teacher reflection

Provide a reflection on what you learned, using the following question as guidance (200-word limit):

  • What was the impact of implementing the wait time protocol with your students? Were there any relevant challenges or observations with this protocol?

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Requirements for Wait Time
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