Saturday, March 29, 2008

Personality types in the classroom

How do you deal with different personality types in the classroom?
We’ve all seen it - some days your more extroverted students seem to run all over the quieter ones. What do you do to ensure that everyone has a chance to participate, to speak, to ask, to answer?
Here’s just one idea provided by an instructor I know. I’d be interested in knowing your ideas and opinions.
This instructor uses a rubber ball as a “talking stone.” When a student has the ball, it’s his turn to speak and no one else may. If you see that a quiet student seems interested in answering a question or participating in the discussion, he instructor throws the ball to that student to give him exclusive right to speak. Of course, when the instructor is holding the ball, then the instructor is the only one speaking.