Every Voice Deserves to be Heard
There are always students who are very comfortable sharing their opinions. You can probably picture them right now. These students can monopolize the class discussion-- especially online. In a virtual classroom, how can we ensure that each student is heard?
Create moments of Equitable Conversation.
It is important in a virtual environment to create prompts where everyone is invited-- and expected-- to answer. To keep the atmosphere low-pressure, try asking questions that ask for differences in perspective and that have no “right answer.” Let the group know that each person will be sharing and give everyone a quiet moment to think of their response.
If you create these moments of equitable conversation, no one voice can dominate. Each student gets to be heard.
""The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
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