What should I hear in the classroom?
Answer: Your ideal classroom should be full of students talking about their work. Teaching without telling literally means instructing without speaking. A well organised immersion into your lesson will mean that the instructions may take only a few moments. A ‘teaching without telling’ lesson is like a well-planned maze. Students should know exactly what to do and where to go without you saying much at all.
A note about modelling
When you introduce a new skill it is good to model this for your students. You should see this as role playing, rather than instruction, where you pretend to be a student and complete the task at hand. If you can, get one of your students to help you model the task. When modelling use a relevant example but not one that is part of the task you are asking them to do.