How to Encourage Quiet Students to Participate in Class

There is often frustration among teachers who cannot get the quiet students to participate in class, and as a result it is not uncommon for their names to be called out randomly in class – which can be very damaging to their confidence, especially if they do not know the answer.

So when it comes to teaching a class that has a couple of quiet students, here are a few tips for getting them to participate in class.

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How to encourage teamwork in the classroom

When it comes to teaching, one thing that helps the process is to have a cohesive feeling throughout the pupils in your class. It doesn’t matter if you are teaching primary school or older students, the principles remain the same.

That said, there are times when there will be differing personalities and characters in the classroom, meaning that teamwork is something that you need to work harder at achieving.

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Alternative Sports for Less Athletic Students

Many students will let out a chorus of groaning when you tell them that PE is the next lesson on the timetable. Most of them do not look forward to it, and quite a few are not particularly athletic.

For these students, PE is not a fun time, however, there are ways that you can get these students more engaged and enjoying PE, and that’s with some sports that might seem a little unconventional when compared to the traditional ones.

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How to encourage student participation in the classroom

Student participation forms one of the most crucial areas of teaching because participation enhances the learning experience of everyone involved – including the teachers.

Active participation can prove difficult for students as many are reluctant to raise their hands or even speak up, however, there are a range of ideas and methods that help to increase participation while also giving students the confidence they need.

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Engaging Parents

The dream for many a school is a cohort of students who all have supportive parents. Teaching would be effective, behaviour systems supported and funds raised by the PTA would enable trips to The Louvre for everyone. Well, maybe utopia is asking too much, but it is possible to engage your students’ parents and so improve their learning.

The first step is to work towards engaging parents in their child’s learning rather than trying to engage them with the school. This may sound like a petty distinction, but it is one that may mean the breaking down of many of the barriers to effective communication.

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