I used to be that kind of teacher who wanted silence to hear myself talk. I really thought what I had to say was more important than their interaction with high quality resources and essential questions. At times there were opportunities for students to share their ideas and thoughts. So often I saw them tune out and turn listless listening to me - I could tell they didn't care.
They didn't care because their voice, the essential one, wasn't allowed to be heard. It reminds me of the educators and reformists crying out for change in the U.S. The people who need to be heard - educators - are not because they are told to be quiet and listen to who knows best. Back to the core discussion.
The didn't care because their opinion wasn't respected.
They didn't learn because I couldn't move off my own soap box.
They didn't learn because an essential part of learning is reflection and I wasn't allowing for reflection.
The model I used was the same model I used when I was in school. Silence kills learning.