we are often forced to ask students to put their learning on hold … if not stop it all together while they compete for resources.
That is a topic for next year. STOP
Today’s lesson is on page 43. Turn to that page and do only questions 4 and 5. STOP
We will not have time for you to explore that. STOP
If you want to borrow that book, put your name on the request list and when it is free you can borrow it. STOP
You will have to wait until I have time to come sit with you. STOP
As long as student knowledge acquisition is limited to books, and the one teacher in the classroom, there will always be a need for learning to STOP. Students will need to stop while they wait for the attention of the teacher. They will need to stop while they wait for the book. They will need to stop when they get to the end of the book. They will need to stop because learning is too big of a job for students to do completely on their own.
Jennifer Brokofsky via http://jenniferbrokofsky.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/does-learning-have-to-stop