In an article by Linda Doherty she states, “Teachers talk too quickly and bombard students with excess words, leaving them struggling in a “sea of blah” and possibly contributing to unnecessary referrals for behavioral disorders.” She goes on to recount that the auditory testing of 10,000 children showed that 30% from age 4.7 years to 6.0 years could not accurately process sentences longer than 9 words. Ken Rowe, the research director for the Australian Council for Educational Research, said the children did not have hearing problems but were bamboozled by rapid fire, lengthy instructions from teachers. Consider that these were children who are on the older side of preschool.
Think about how difficult it is to process a phone number that someone leaves you when they speak too quickly. Now imagine that you are the young child and that is happening over and over during the time at school! Too much information going through the auditory gate is garbled. It’s easy to see how this could lead to behavioral problems. It’s possible that the child becomes frustrated, confused, and tired trying to process the rapid fire information.
Try slowing down and using clear concise language. Pay attention to the change, do you notice a difference in the children? Do you notice a difference in how you feel?