Strategies That Increase the Number of Students Who Participate in Class

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  • Increase your wait time.
  • Talk about how you think discussion is better when many students participate.
  • Get students to discuss what makes participation a valuable learning experience for them.
  • Don’t let some students participate too often.
  • Listen carefully when students speak and thank them for their contributions.

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When it comes to classroom participation, research continues to confirm what you and most faculty members experience each day: A limited number of your students make the majority of contributions. Although getting more of your students to participate is challenging, the good news is that you can do it, and it doesn’t have to involve such tactics as “cold calling” on students or resorting to a points system. Here are a few tips for getting started. Excerpted from “How Do I Get More Students to Participate in Class?” Magna Publications, 2009.