When Students Won’t Talk

Maybe its language limitations, maybe its shyness but many students find it difficult to speak out in class.  We try to develop a safe environments, establish relationships and call on them more frequently.  Still, some students will not even ask for help.  When this happens, what should you do?

  1. Allow students to write questions down and meet with students privately to address concerns.
  2. Meet with students and discuss any issues that may be making them uncomfortable.  Work out solutions together.
  3. Consider having the student evaluated by the study team for possible learning disability or health issue.
  4. If available, talk with a counselor for suggestions to address the problem.
  5. Designate other students to act as a resource for any needed assistance
  6. Check to see if students continue this behavior in other classrooms or with other teachers.

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