Student engagement is a huge factor in student success. It’s one of the easiest ways for a teacher to understand which students are grasping the learning concepts and which ones are struggling.
But for quiet students, who often get labeled as “the shy ones,” they either end up getting overlooked or get the dreaded classroom callout. Fortunately, technology provides a win-win for both students and teachers in terms of reaching students who are less comfortable sharing their thoughts, answering teacher questions and working in a group setting.
The Power to Process
Quiet students can sometimes seem as if they’re unaware of certain concepts covered in class because they aren’t normally the first ones to raise their hands. But what if their hesitancy is not because they don’t know the answer? Maybe they’re just taking additional time to process. Consider adding a student blog requirement for students to publish their thoughts. Teachers can then track their knowledge retention process.
The Answer to Anxiety
Some students are outspoken and might even enjoy hearing themselves speak. But there’s always at least one student who is the exact opposite, someone who just doesn’t enjoy speaking aloud. Dealing with anxiety, these students can be empowered by using technology as an outlet to help them open up in front of their peers. Allow students to use their mobile devices to poll in their answers during class time.
The Means to Mediate
Although shy students don’t speak up in class, a teacher likely still has a goal to connect with them. A discussion board can go a long way for students and instructors to connect. It gives students a safe opportunity to engage with students and teachers, and instructors can monitor student responses to identify needs for mediation.
Students who are quiet in class might not seem like the most engaged in front of large groups, but incorporating technology may show you a different side of them. Try some of these options as a way to reach the quiet students and watch how the entire class unfolds.