Once the students are regularly asking questions, the facilitator can then focus on and model the role of clarifier. In this role, the teacher focuses on listening carefully to the students and using follow-up questions to help students answer more accurately, more eloquently and more succinctly. In this role, the facilitator does not allow sloppy thinking or misinterpretations to slip by. In this role it is extremely important to insist on exact meanings of words.
When the students are asking follow-up questions for clarity, when they are demanding greater accuracy, asking their peers for page numbers and citations, then the facilitator can move to the role of coach. A main teacher action here is active listening.
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