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Subject: raising your hand
Date Posted: 7/14/2009 1:28 AM ET
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I read an article today that said if you want to encourage participation in a classroom to say "I only see 1 hand........4 hands....10 hands..." (or whatever) and that apparently gets kids to be "braver" about raising their hands.. ? I will have to try it.

 

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Date Posted: 7/14/2009 5:12 PM ET
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Another strategy is to let the kids take a minute to talk to one another before you ask a question for which you want an answer. It allows the kids to "rehearse" with another person and makes them feel less shy.
Date Posted: 7/15/2009 8:31 AM ET
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I agree with giving the kids "think time" (that's what I call it in my class) before calling on someone.  I also give the kids think time, then draw a popsicle stick from a jar, so no one gets a "free" ride.  If the student doesn't know the answer, they can confer with their "highly paid consultant" (shoulder partner), then we work towards an answer together.

Date Posted: 7/17/2009 8:16 PM ET
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LOL@highly paid consultant. I let kids who don't know "pass", and then I ask someone else. I then sometimes go back to the first kid and allow them to answer now that someone has helped him.
Date Posted: 7/17/2009 10:06 PM ET
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Like the idea of going back to the first kid.

  "Highly paid consultant" became  a joke with my kids when my daughter, who IS a highly paid consultant (unlike her mom), worked with my class several times on public speaking.  They would ask when the hpc was coming again...it just grew from there. 



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Date Posted: 7/23/2009 10:23 AM ET
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As an adult I HATE being called on when I dont know the answer or dont want to know the answer!  That is what the popsicle stick method does and often it kills the risk taking abilities in a classroom.  Talk about the gut feelings that we all have when we are nervous and give kids the skills to deal with that kind of nervousness.  I use the language of risk taking... Is there any one willig to take a risk and share thier idea (blah blah blah)...IF your room is a safe place to take a risk and you also take risks and point them out to your students they will step up to the plate and take risks....because it is modeled and expected.

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 3:20 PM ET
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IF your room is a safe place to take a risk and you also take risks and point them out to your students they will step up to the plate and take risks....because it is modeled and expected.

I agree with you - if a teacher is malicious or embarasses a child who doesn't know the answer, that is unacceptable...I don't use the sticks all of the time - and if I do, the students have time to talk to their hpc before time.  There is not an environment of "do or die" in my classroom.  If a child doesn't understand, all they have to do is say so and we work towards the answer together.  Kids are not ridiculed for not knowing an answer.  My kids are not afraid to say "I need more information."



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