Every class has a balance of kairotic space where teachers have power and students accept that power within the confining space of the classroom. Power defines our world as well as our relationships to one another; without power there is no control which can be key to governing a classroom. Disruption of this power dynamic can open dialogue between teachers and students that might not have existed otherwise because students feel confined to the strictures binding their power creating a wall of silence. Using brainstorming and reflecting as well as peer tutoring, I experimented with breaking down the wall of silence so that my writing students could join the dialogue of their learning. Not only do they join the conversation, they learn that they are teachers along with me because I also learn from them.
Jaye, Victoria, "The Wall of Silence: Disrupting Kairotic Spaces" (2019). Writing Center Analysis Papers. Paper 37.