If you’re a teacher, you’ve been there. You ask a question to your class and all you hear are those proverbial crickets. You think to yourself, “Did I say the question out loud or only think it? I don’t think the question was too hard, because we were just talking about the related content. What’s going on? Why won’t my students respond?”
If you have English learners in your classroom, you may wonder why they are sometimes even more hesitant to talk than your native English speakers. There are lots of reasons why ELs may not speak up in a large group setting. I discussed some of them in the article – Why Won’t My ELs Speak Up?, but now I’d like to hear from you.
What are ways you get your students to speak in small or large group class discussions?