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Posted on February 21, 2019 6:15 pm
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upyWyH
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Team participation
I teach an afterschool STEAM program which requires team participation. This class gives the students a lot of freedom, however, I have two students in one group that rarely participate. Most of the time the two students are meowing to each other and pretending to be cats. I can get them to participate when I assign them a task that interests them, but this is usually a task I would consider as busy work. I would really like them to get the most out of the group task that I present them with and not just do busy work. How can I get them to participate more and not be a distraction to others?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 22, 2019 6:45 pm

Cali Pohlman
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This is always a tough task to take on. Often times I find that when students don’t want to participate, nothing will get in their way of slacking off or ignoring their work. Its almost like they have their mind made up about not doing their work. It definitely helps when the activity has components that interest the student such as a topic, hobby, etc. When you give them activities that interest them, and they seem like “busy work” activities, I understand how that can feel frustrating to you. Try developing lessons and activities that include their interests but also focus on the content you’re introducing to all the other students. Find relevant media that may engage students. Or, you could try something as simple as verbal praise? “Wow, Johnny is doing an AMAZING job working his way through this activity!” Maybe the verbal praise will give the student the “attention” its seems like they’re craving while also getting them involved in the work.
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Joseph Scharfschwerdt
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I love this solution! Finding relevant media that is important to the students could potentially make them more active and present in the classroom.
  Posted on: February 25, 2019 12:35 am

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Solution 2
Posted February 23, 2019 4:08 pm

dymaDa
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I would recommend separating the students and putting them in two different teams. This may be able to help minimize distractions and help increase their participation. I would also recommend that you get to know your student's interests and help tie their interests together with the lessons you are teaching.
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Solution 3
Posted February 24, 2019 8:41 pm

Jean J
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I would say to place each of them in separate groups so that they can be away from one another and also be able to have help from other group members. They may be able to focus better away from each other.
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Solution 4
Posted February 23, 2019 5:15 pm

XuNaWa
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Give them kinesthetic teaching opportunities or see if you can provide them with enrichment opportunities. The content may not be challenging enough.
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Solution 5
Posted February 24, 2019 2:32 pm

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To make the students less distracted, make them work alone and on other sides of the class.
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Posted February 25, 2019 12:31 am

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Posted February 25, 2019 12:31 am

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Solution 8
Posted February 26, 2019 3:26 am

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I agree with others who suggest separating them, however sometimes even that helps. I would pull them aside before class and tell them explicitly that if they start that behavior up without participating then there will be a consequence.
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