If it’s the one thing I’d really like to improve this year, it would be me speaking less- a lot less, and my students speaking up a lot more. However, teaching students with such diverse backgrounds, especially with English being their second and even third language, I know that is no easy task.
Children of all ages have so much to say, but can’t say it for a number of reasons:
- They are afraid of being ridiculed for lack of accuracy in the way their articulate their thoughts.
- They think they may be wrong altogether and feel like the safest thing to do is stay quiet.
- They feel like they don’t have a voice- that their say is irrelevant.
Whereas numbers 2 and 3 are the product of teacher attitude, number 1 can definitely be improved upon by a little nudging. Continue reading