Mrs. Miller is in the middle of a thrilling lesson on symbolism when she asks the class what types of symbolism they noticed in chapter 12.
She scans the room, and her eyes lock on Billy, who just happens to be looking at anything and anyone other than Mrs. Miller.
"Billy, what types of symbolism did you notice in chapter 12?"
Billy thinks for a moment, he scans the room and locks eyes with a few of his peers as if to silently say, HELP. After a few moments Billy realizes no one is coming to his aid and he responds to Mrs. Millers question with, "um, I don't know.
As teachers we have all experienced moments similar to this interaction with Billy. The question is, what do we do when a student is reluctant or unable to answer a question?