2013 Teacher Forum
Silence: A Form of Classroom Participation with Kathy Schultz
We explored the significance of student silence with Kathy Schultz, author of “Rethinking Classroom Participation: Listening to Silent Voices” and dean of the Mills College School of Education.
The meanings of students’ silence in classrooms
Understandings teachers have about participation
Conceptualizing a democratic classroom without insisting on student talk
How silence figured into conceptions of classroom practice
Kathy Schultz is dean and professor of Education in the School of Education at Mills College. Her work as a scholar, educator and activist has centered on the problem of how to prepare and provide on-going support for new teachers in urban public schools. She is particularly interested in how teachers can use listening, including listening to students' silences, as the center of their pedagogical practice. Her recent books are “Listening: A Framework for Teaching Across Differences” and “Rethinking Classroom Participation: Listening to Silent Voices,” both published by Teachers College Press.