Class will NOT say a word

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  1. Doug_HSTeach_07

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    I never thought this would be a problem, but my geography class of 13 students is literally comatose. I have 3 students that will talk during our lecture/discussion times and they usually dominate the discussion. This is because every time I call on one of the quieter students, they won't talk. If they do, it's a meek couple of words.

    I'm not that frightening or intimidating of a person, and I don't see how they can still be shocked or scared two months into the school year. I really don't know what to do. They give me that blank look on their faces like I'm from Mars. I'm convinced that if I do headstands or jumping jacks it couldn't spark any life in this group.

    I'm going to try a short game tomorrow and see if that breaks the ice, but I'm not too hopeful about it. Thoughts?
     
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    One year I had a class that was like that all year. They seemed to have a good year . . . they just never DID anything other than the assigned work. It was a little weird. I suppose it was just the mix of kids. They were really good kids that just preferred to keep to themselves.
     
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    They're just practicing for college.
     
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    I wish I had that problem in my class! ;-)
     
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    I had a class like that one year. I think they would have been happier if I had simply put a pile of worksheets on their desks in the morning and left them alone for the remainder of the day.

    I tried and tried and tried different types of activities, but it was very frustrating. Finally, I decided that I just had to "coach the team I've got". I made my lessons very low key and focused on the essentials.
     
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    Wow... to have a class that won't talk! A dream!

    Nah, I understand what you mean. You want them to talk and interact. Who knows. I guess no talking at all beats talking at the wrong time.

    Maybe they will get motivated and start to feel more comfortable in your class.
     
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    I have that problem this year. I pull sticks with names on them sometimes to get them active, and also let them know that sometimes I may call on anyone (and they can "phone a friend" or call on someone else in the room for help if they need it). I also sometimes ask questions, and tell them to tell their neighbor their answer, and have them share their combined answer.
     
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    Ah! At least I'm not the ONLY one with this problem. My 3rd period class is super quiet, and only about 5 people out of 34 participate. I am NOT complaining that they are quiet. Its more of I'm complaining that not many kids that participate. Now my other two classes are quiet, but there is a wide range of kids who participate so I don't understand whats up with my first class!!
     
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    Doug, is the problem that they're not participating, or that they're not talking?

    A kid who sits quietly and does his work is one thing; a kid who is busy doing my math assignment in your class is another.

    If they're all on task, but just shy, I would go with that. Let them put lots of their reactions in writing if necessary,then read what some random kids have written.
     

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