Next time you’re in a classroom and want to initiate a quality conversation with either a student or a teacher, ask them the following five questions:
#1: What is going on?
#5: What’s next?
Try hard to say nothing but these words and that you really, really listen to their responses – pushing through and tolerating awkward pauses.
If, upon entering the classroom, you have to wait more than 15 or 20 minutes to ask either a teacher or a student these questions (for fear of disruption), then something’s off and the best thing you can probably do is disrupt.