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Vicki Davis

Unfortunately sometimes instructors are so glad for the effusive feedback in the form of questions and commenting that they do not attune to the other student body language. When I think I have a student that is being overly zealous in participation to the point of shutting out the others, I watch what happens when that person raises their hand. If the body language of the others in the room is a group sigh sort of movement, then I talk to the person privately. This year, I told the young man to keep a list of questions so that he can group them together so that we do not interrupt the flow of the class. It is also an excellent practice to have students post their questions from today's lessons. Faced with such a mechanism, often the overly verbose person will pipe down.

It is the instructor's job to tune into the body language of their students. Period. I agree with you totally!

Great blog!

Pamela Chapman

Sometimes the difficulty though is when to address the behavior. Immediate feedback concerning the student acting up in class might be as effective as talking to the student privately. The other students need to that you, the instructor, are taking control and are designating what you consider to be inappropriate behavior.

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