October 12, 2013

Encouraging Participation

When a vocal student makes a comment, ask for reactions from the other students. Many students are not comfortable answering a direct question from the teacher, but are more comfortable responding to a peer. Look for cues that a student is ready to contribute: direct eye contact, body language, slightly raising a finger. Give the student an opportunity to speak without causing embarrassment by saying something such as “Was there something you would like to say?” or “What do you think?”

Ask for special input from the students who may have a particular knowledge about the subject. Students are more apt to contribute when they know that they have helpful information that no one else can contribute or refute.

Taken from: www.mcmaster.ca/cll/resources/teaching.tips/tip5.htm.