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Posted on October 11, 2014 4:43 pm
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Aslihan Unal
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Participation in Class
Mr. Gonzales finds that students who actively participate in class score higher on assessments than those who donít. What actions should Mr. Gonzales take to encourage more participation in class?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 13, 2014 7:19 pm

PavuWe
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Mr. Gonzales should devise a scheme that will enable all students to participate. Mr. Gonzales could use craft sticks and have each student write their name on the craft stick as well as decorate it. He can keep these craft sticks in a cup so that they are easily available whenever needed during class. When having a class discussion, calling for volunteers to work a problem on the board, or calling on readers, Mr. Gonzales can simply pull student sticks out of the bucket. This will force students to participate when they otherwise wouldn't. Craft sticks can also be used when choosing or assigning pairs or groups to ensure that all students are treated fairly and equally during this process.
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Kathryn Still
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I like the idea of the craft sticks, and have used that in my own classroom. I find it helps students stay on their toes and pay attention the whole class time.
  Posted on: October 14, 2014 9:54 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 14, 2014 2:53 am

aruPyR
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I have found that Kagen Strategies work well to keep the students participating. Some of them are: 1) Numbered head together, 2) Quiz, quiz, trade, 3) inside/outside circles.... these keep the students interacting and participating.
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Solution 3
Posted October 14, 2014 9:53 pm

Kathryn Still
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Mr. Gonzales could talk to the students who are not participating in class and figure out why they are not participation. They maybe shy, not understand the material, or just not caring about their grade. By discovering what the cause of the lack of participation is the teacher can address it. If their shy, you could give them a heads up on what question you are going to ask them to answer or call on them to see if they agree or disagree with a peers answer. That way you ease them into participating while feeling comfortable. If their not understanding the material then you can pair them up with a peer or help them one-on-one. If their not caring about their grade then you can conference with them and their parents.
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Solution 4
Posted October 15, 2014 1:13 am

GyNuny
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Mr. Gonzales could offer rewards for students who participate in class. He could also try to relate the information to students so that they feel involved and willing to participate. Students may not understand and that is why they are not participating. Getting down to the root of the problem will be beneficial in figuring out how to get more participation in class.
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Solution 5
Posted October 15, 2014 8:51 pm

aZazaD
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Mr. Gonzales could offer all types of positive reinforcements for the students to eagerly want to participate. She could even make it a "Round Robin" game where the students could even pass a ball and as soon as one student answers a question correctly, they can pass the ball to another student to answer a question. This will get all students motivated in trying to answer the questions, and also offer this as a participation grade.
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ezaDyR
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I think interactive games is a great way to engage all the students and share their thoughts and opinions. I also like the slates that allow the student to write their answer down and hold it , when the teacher would ask.
  Posted on: October 18, 2014 3:48 pm

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Solution 6
Posted October 17, 2014 4:09 pm

geQyVe
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I agree with the use of craft sticks. This suggestion was given to me during my education courses and keeps the teacher from constantly calling on just one student. Mr. Gonzales may also use CPS units in order to increase student participation.
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Solution 7
Posted October 19, 2014 7:59 pm

ahubeT
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I have an app called Pick Me! that randomly chooses students and allows the teacher to note whether the student answer correctly or incorrectly. The app also allows the teacher to recycle the student for possible choosing in the round or whether to exempt them if they answer correctly. Also the use of interactive games that allow students to use their technology such as Kahoot! gets students involved. I have also started using emaze.com as the delivery for my lessons. Also use videos to encourage discussion.
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deRudu
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I have found that games are the best way to encourage student participation. I love the website Kahoot. It is interactive with students. It is super easy for the teacher. There are literally thousands of Kahoots already created on virtually every content topic. The game is time, it is visually appealing, and there is music. What more do you need to engage reluctant teenagers. The other part is that you can pair them up or let them answer individually. The atmosphere in the room completely shifts when competition is involved. The shy, quiet students are still involved as they are playing also. Another idea is to have a question ball. I use a big ball that I write questions on with an Expo and the kids get to select a question, answer it, and them pass the ball. The only criteria is that they can only answer one question and pass to someone who hasn't already had a turn. Another option is to divide the kids into two teams and play baseball games with questions. As the questions are answered correctly, they can advance to the next base. Wrong, they strike out. Keep a scoreboard in the room. Kids love it.
  Posted on: October 11, 2015 1:19 pm

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