Specify how students should indicate they want to speak to make it easier for quiet students to contribute to the discussion.

Specify how students should indicate they want to speak to make it easier for quiet students to contribute to the discussion.
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Action:

  • Make it explicit how students should indicate that they want to be called on to speak. For example, you might ask students who want to make a new contribution to hold up a hand and students who want to build on a previous contribution to hold up a finger.
  • Prioritize students who are building upon other students’ contributions, if that is appropriate for where you are in the discussion.

Reason:

  • Not all strategies students us to try to gain access to the conversation are equally effective. Asking students to adopt a common method to enter the conversation gives you an opportunity to call on quiet students and make the conversation more coherent..