Description of the Strategy

Within an educational context, pacing typically refers to the rate at which information is presented to a learner. Pacing is often described as the speed of a teacher's oral delivery during instruction. Effective teachers vary their pace of instruction to increase or maintain students' attention. Teachers also pace their instructional delivery to increase the likelihood of correct student responses.

To provide briskly paced instruction, a teacher must be very familiar with the material being presented and know what needs to be articulated. When teachers speak to convey something important without frequent pauses to refer to their materials, students sustain their attention to instructional content. Lively instruction with no hesitations fosters greater student attention.

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