Not all kids participate, some are just lazy, some hardly care, some are shy, some are afraid, the list goes on and on. A good classroom where teachers also get happy teaching and talking to students is where students are super excited too; participate in spite of worrying about being wrong. They simply enjoy the whole learning, analyzing, and questioning scenario.
That class is super boring where the teacher does all the talking and students hardly have a chance to utter. It is a really crucial and even hard task for the teachers to enable the participation of not only 7-8 students but of the whole class. A teacher needs to prepare for that and adopt the strategies we are going to provide in order to get more students talking in the class.
9 strategies for encouraging all students to talk in your class:
- Don’t rush with students: Whether it’s teaching or asking questions to the little thinkers, teachers should have patience, give them time to think and talk. Yes ! a classroom where teachers stick to one spot, reading, writing on the board, and keep talking related to the topic. That class period is going to be a sleeping session for the kids. Trust me! Don’t anticipate an instant response when you pose a question. Allow your pupils some time to collect their thoughts and consider their responses. Students may also use a visual organizer to arrange their thoughts. Sometimes all you need to do to persuade kids to talk more is to keep the room quiet for a few minutes so they can reflect. Don’t forget to look over participation as well, otherwise, the other students won’t get a chance to speak. Moving around in the class, provides better analysis of students. Try it! It will help.
- Observe the signals by students: Students are the indicators in the process of teaching for the teachers. They get comfortable in some ways and uncomfortable participating in other ways. Figure out that way by yourself only, when the students are responding more, check your body language that time, your gestures they felt less anxious and worried with, your tone while interacting whether discussing, talking, or questioning. Also teach kids sign language for please, thank you, and welcome so that may encourage positive choices and acknowledge children without continually talking. Use music, a bell, or another audible indication to indicate when to begin, halt, and clean up. The goal is to give youngsters a break from hearing your voice.
- Rethink your questions: Take some time to think about the questions you’ll ask pupils. How can you expect your kids to communicate more if you are constantly asking hypothetical or yes/no questions? Try having your pupils discuss a topic. Create a question in which students must select a side. Divide the students into two groups and have them debate and discuss their points of view.
Instead of informing a pupil that their response may be inaccurate, consider asking them how they arrived at their answers. This will not only allow them to self-correct and figure out what they did wrong, but it will also allow them to speak with you.
If you’ve ever questioned a child, “Are you understanding this?” you’ve undoubtedly observed that you almost never get an informative response. As a result, you either go on without the kids comprehending or you repeat what you’ve previously stated. Invite children to put what you’ve taught into their own words.
- Give non-verbal responses more: Most of the chatting we do during the day is about student conduct, and we’re wasting our breath most of the time. When a student forgets their supplies, interrupts your session, or makes an improper noise, resist the desire to lecture them. Giving them “the teacher eye” and keeping the class going is significantly more effective (not to mention easier and less disruptive). If you need to talk to a student about their cto eal with the topic of misconduct or impose a punishment, wait for a break in your lesson rather than interrupting the entire class’s learning to reprimand one student. Create signals and make students use it for responses like yes or no, or anything.
- Let students take a lead: Students can help you share your authority by asking questions. Ask students what they want to learn about the subject you’re teaching, and then have them submit a few questions for discussion in class. Students will feel more at ease talking and discussing in a student-led forum because the questions were presented by themselves and their peers. Set small group discussions between students which will make them incharge of the topic of discussion.
- Pair up and share up: Students converse in couples on the theme provided for asay by the teacher. Make this is arule for any two days of the week. After four weeks, let students share what they get to learn something new, favorite memory or anything else. When they will be discussing, don’t look at them continuously, move around, stand in the corner and realize what they are finding difficult and know them better, all their weak points will be revealed.
- Design structure, notes, projects to make class interesting: always try to keep the topics connected and be well prepared for the lecture. Otherwise, the teacher will simply sink into the text, topics and will give no time to students to participate, as the teacher is struggling himself in gfiguring out the title.Choosing projects and lesson plans that your students will be interested in is a terrific approach to motivate them to engage in class.
To boost engagement, consider activities that demand whole-class, group, and individual participation, such as developing and publishing a classbook. You can pick the topic of the book as a class. Students will independently construct their own classbook pages and then work in groups to edit and revise their pages.
- Avoid repeating statements: Being a teacher, we know what’s more important to get into the student’s head. So, we try to say those statements again and again. This happens, and we understand. But, due to too much repeating of the statements, students focus get loosened up as they know the teacher will repeat oftenly after saying once. Some students wont show but get irritated by too much repeating, earning becomes less surprising and exciting for students with over repeating. Avoid doing this, instead go for the statement that demands more responses from the students.
- Praising is a fuel: Praising is the best and simplest way to encourage students to do the talking and accelerate their participation in the class. Whenever the students respond, teachers are required to raise them. This will put a positive outlook on the responding process and also of the teachers who simply appreciated your response even if students were doubtful. Share their work with other students, display that on the wall, give compliments, show thumbs up, for little effort so that they dont stop sharing and participating in the class.