How do you interrupt a student?
I had a conversation about this today with a couple of members of my Staff team.
Students will sometimes get preachy and excited, talking more than is helpful and more than they realize. When this happens, everyone wants them to stop. Even the student who's doing the talking wants to stop. But it can be difficult to stop once you start rambling.
How do you help a student stop talking?
Here's my preferred technique ...
I use the Judo-Hijack Technique. What that means is that I roll with the ramble, take the conversational ball for a brief second and pass it immediately back to that same student with an affirmation and then, take the ball from them and pass it to the rest of the group. It's pretty tough to describe.
Student: " so you know the prosperity gospel isn't really the gospel and ..."
Judo-Hijacker: "Oh. That reminds me. I want your opinion on something. I've been reading Proverbs and it has a lot to say about money. I've been finding it challenging. How does the Bible shape how you think about money?"
Student: "Well ... [insert insightful comment here ... I work with insightful students] "
Judo-Hijacker: "What about the rest of you guys?" [turns to the Group and, yes, uses the "guys" even if it's a Group of women and, yes, feels awkward about it]
Group: "Thank you, for letting us join in" [to the tune of "Thank you for giving to the Lord"]
What would you do if you needed to interrupt a student?