A student’s grade in some classes may depend on participation in class discussions. But speaking up isn’t easy for some. They don’t know what to say. Or they are afraid of saying the wrong thing.
These tips will help your child give his best:
Be prepared. Keep up with assignments. Read and research.
Start slowly. Speak up in class occasionally. Speak more as you begin to feel comfortable.
Listen to what others say in class. Add to a point they make.
Ask questions about your reading or what others say. You don’t always have to have the answers.
Share personal experiences related to the discussion topic.
Take time to respond. Give yourself a few seconds to think before answering a question.
Be kind when you disagree with what someone else says.
Finally, make sure your child knows not to:
- Make comments that take up too much class time.
- Comment just to hear herself talk.
- Go off the subject.
- Interrupt others.
- Get into arguments.
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