Classroom Discussion Tokens- Take Your Students to a Whole New Level of Discourse


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:

  1. They are afraid of being ridiculed for lack of accuracy in the way their articulate their thoughts.
  2. They think they may be wrong altogether and feel like the safest thing to do is stay quiet.
  3. 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