I had nine students who were disengaged in group discussions. They had not actively participated in our class discussions by: being active, speaking up, volunteering for activities, or asking or answering questions.
To help, I used nine small candy bars, and taped them to the bottom of these student's desk. Students discussed nine key points in small groups. This way every student was actively involved in the learning of the material. After, students had to reach under their desk, and if they had a chocolate bar they were the chosen ones to share.
I need to find additional ways to encourage the students to participate in whole group discussions.
For the remaining class periods, I will continue to:
Track student’s participation in class. With students who don't participate, I will use this technique to get them to participate the first time.
In conclusion, I believe these strategies will benefit my students by helping they participate more in class. This will result in more participation points, and an overall better grade in my class.