The Whisper Correction
Take a minute to watch this clip of Jason Armstrong’s math class at Roxbury Prep.
You’ll notice that Jason makes two corrections of students who are off task. Both of them are essentially public. He’s standing in front of the class when he makes them. But Jason makes them feel like private individual corrections because he whispers them. Essentially he gets the benefits of privacy—he messages “I am trying to do this without calling too much attention to you”—by creating the illusion of privacy. We call this a “whisper correction” and it’s one of our most useful new observations about 100% in TLaC 2.0. Even if you are standing in front of a classroom with 28 pairs of eyes on you, you can create many of the benefits of a private correction merely by dropping your voice into a whisper or, in fact, a stage whisper. Spoken aloud, “Roberta, I need you sitting up,” is a public judgment and invites a public response. Whispered, it is for her benefit alone, even if Roberta is in the back row and you are up front and you both know that everyone else heard it.