I then mentor them that this is the time to take attendance or to write items on the board. This is a place to gather materials for next steps.
Of course, I took this today when I had students doing a sentence combination activity where they had to put kernel sentences together in more complicated ways.
It gets so quiet and I think to myself, "Hmmm. What should I be doing now?"
Logically, I snapped a photo to document the point I wanted to make with them about assignments to capture everyone's attention and where you can see the minds of students churning and working. It doesn't happen all the time, but the more one teaches and gets a grip on strategies, the more quiet, self-motivated, and purposeful students become during class.
I guess this is what learning looks and it always makes me happy when I see it.
Now, however, I'm off to work with 120 middle schools. We shall see if I have similar luck.