Posted by **Joan** on Friday, October 10, 2008 at 1:21am.

Some students in my class are very reluctant to speak up in class discussion. What ways could I make them talk but not in an imitidating way? What activities could I do to make sure everyone gets a chance to participate in a discussion topic?

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**bobpursley**, Friday, October 10, 2008 at 5:03am
1. Videotape yourself, then review the tape with several EXPERIENCED teachers to make certain you are not the one doing the intimidating.

2. Small groups are a nice way to get kids to talk.

I don't have a clue what age these students are, so specifics I can't address. If you reveal the age of the students, perhaps we can add more. The two listed points will help you get started.

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**SraJMcGin**, Friday, October 10, 2008 at 9:34am
Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. In addition to the great suggestions above, here are somethings to read that you might be interested in: (Giving participation points is another way to encourage students to participate.)

1. http://teaching.berkeley.edu/bgd/participation.html

2. (on classroom structure, PDF file to download):

www.cte.cornell.edu/campus/teach/faculty/Materials/Cl...

3. (nice "chart"): http://learningandteaching.dal.ca/structures.html

4. (PDF):

www.justice.eku.edu/odems/docs/encourageStudentPartic...

NOTE: Sometimes a "competition" is fun for the students: depending upon the seating arrangement, 1/2 the class against the other 1/2, row(s) against row(s), boys against girls, etc. The makeup of each class would determine what would work best.

Sra

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