Many years ago I read the “Pensées” from Pascal. I know many of my peers didn’t actually read it cover to cover (as we were instructed to do by our professor) but I did. Much of what he wrote hit a nerve and still today I occasionally find myself in ‘cynical’ mode and thinking back to how Pascal would describe certain things.
Why do we keep ourselves so busy?
Why do people feel uncomfortable with silence?
Why do we not know how to sit quietly in a room?
As a race, we are always ‘busy’ – have you ever stopped and done absolutely nothing? Of course not – you can’t stop your mind from thinking! In fact, perhaps the actual doing of things is what we do so we don’t have to listen to our thoughts?
But what about teachers – how often do we allow the silence to pervade our classrooms. How often do we allow our pupils/students and ourselves the pleasure of a few moments of silence to take in what we have just learned or to pre-formulate what we are about to say or write?
Silence really is golden!
But, cultural differences aside, how long is ok? When does the silence become ‘awkward’?
As with listening skills – can we ‘let go’ enough to trust the minds will not be wandering or will we automatically want to ‘test’ everyone has done what they were supposed to?
Perhaps a totally weird post but I sometimes think we need to sit back and be less ‘busy’ and allow more ‘silent’ (thinking/planning/processing) time in class. What do you think?