Do you think instant retrieval of information has impacted students’ willingness to take time to think?
Kids are naturally impatient. That’s fine. Patience is learned and many adults don’t have it. But I wonder if students expect themselves to retrieve and process information as quickly as a computer does. In my math class students are often impatient with other when time is required to process a problem. Sometimes the student doing the thinking is pretty quick to say s/he does not know. I don’t think this is a new problem but maybe it’s being compounded.
We should remind our students that taking time to think is actually preferred to being reactive and providing instant answers.