Asking Questions in Ways that Include Everyone, Talking with Teams and Examining your Micro Messages.
Often when a teacher approaches a team and asks a question the same student will respond first each time. This student has the highest status in the team and feels comfortable sharing his/her thinking. It is important to recognize status in the classroom and work to equalize it as needed in order to bring more students into the process of sharing their thinking and gaining confidence in their own abilities.
Here are two quick ways to elevate status for individuals within any team and ensure that all students are participating.
When we only allow for certain students in each team to share their thinking, we are unintentionally sending the micro message that only certain students are valued and included and that the rest are actually devalued and excluded, a message no teacher intends to send.