I just didn’t like to talk.
You see, from the time I was a little child into my early teen years, I used to have a stutter. Some days were better than others, but one thing that always brought out the stutter was speaking out loud in class. When a teacher asked a question, I most always knew the answer, but was hesitant to raise my hand. And nothing was worse than the teacher having each student in class take turns reading from the chapter in the textbook. The closer it got to me, the more nervous I became, trying to determine which paragraph would fall on me and which words I would undoubtedly stumble over.
And I am sure I was not alone. For a wide variety of reasons, student may be reluctant to speak up and participate in class:
- Perhaps they wrestle with a speech impediment.
- Maybe they fear they do not have the right answer or a valuable contribution.
- Or they just need more time to think before they are ready to answer.
- Or maybe they are shy.
Thankfully today technology provides us with more tools for students to participate in class, share their ideas, and ask questions. One great option is to use Google Forms. See the rest of this blog post below for some ideas on how Forms can not only involve the quiet kids, but improve class engagement for everyone.