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Participation Cards II


August 29, 2002

I often have students who love to talk. To help monitor class discussions so that everyone participates, I distribute three Comment/Question Cards (simple laminated construction paper quarters) as the class begins. The rule is that if a student has a question or relative comment, he/she must think first and then participate. After the remark, the student gives up one card. When all the cards are gone, the student must wait until everyone has used their cards before that student can participate again. (Three cards are usually plenty!) For the talkers, this system helps them make conscious decisions about participation and allows others time to speak. For reluctant students, the cards help remind them that their contributions to class are vital. Everyone participates this way. You can also attach participation points to the cards. Earn points by using the cards. Lose points by commenting when you have no cards in hand.

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