“By reflecting to the students their comments, the teacher at once validates their voice, shows that she is listening, and opens the possibility for them to reflect on, modify, or challenge what has been said” (Johnston 55).
I love when teachers reflect on a students comment because just like the quote says, it “shows that she is listening.” Its so important that students feel that they are being heard and be able to explain in depth the answer to a question or comment. I’ve had many teachers who have not done this and they just brush off what the students say. One professor I had NEVER called on her students or even invited questions or comments. If a student raised his/her she would ignore it and continue on with her lecture, it was sometimes frustrating because if we had a question about a particular part she wouldn’t let us ask, so it just pushed us back for that class period because we were unable to understand the rest of what was being taught.
For children it’s so important that the teacher pays close attention to his/her students and to elaborate on any questions they might have. This will help their self-esteem and also they will feel that the teacher cares, forcing them to want to learn.