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Quiet, Quiet Junior High Kids?
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Author:  jahkamakura [ Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Quiet, Quiet Junior High Kids?

How do you get VERY shy and quiet junior high kids to speak? We have a class of 3 girls and one boy and they just don't talk. Any suggestions would be great.

Thanks,

Juli

Author:  mesmark [ Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:18 pm ]
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Juli - I think it's very helpful to get them to talk about someone else. That's where the Big Town and High Town cards come into play. Using the cards you can ask questions and the answers are there on the cards. Many times, kids and especially teens are worried about whether their answer is cool or whether other students will criticize them. So, no answer is better than humiliation. Using the cards and having the students assume the personalities it relieves a lot of that pressure.

What kinds of activities have you done with them and what were you trying to elicit from the students?

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