Throughout the school day, we ask students to respond to questions. We want students to verbalise their thoughts to a partner, teammate, or classmate. We want them to express themselves critically and creatively. We want them to explain a process or verbally review information. We want them to internalise their thinking and then express it. So why, then, are many students hesitant to answer? This is not a new dilemma in education, so it warrants various questions: Why might students be hesitant to share answers? Do they not know how to answer? Are the questions unclear? Students talk outside of the classroom, but then shut down inside the classroom. How can I help them talk?
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