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  • David Mace

    November 8, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    When I have that kid who won’t participate should I always assume it is because they don’t feel safe? What should I do in cases where they just won’t participate. Should I always assume it’s lack of confidence, fear, or anxiety?

    • Kyle Pearce

      November 9, 2021 at 6:45 am

      Great question and one that I don’t think we can answer with a one sized fits all. I would certainly have that on my radar as there is something there holding them back. Having a discussion with that student to build rapport and possibly trust can only help get closer to the real challenge.

  • Sandhya Raman

    March 12, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    I have students who are “shy” but show confidence in their work. I have started to give them other ways to “communicate” and I showcase their work for them, instead of making them walk up and talk. I do respect the fact that my middle schoolers have a whole different perspective to “being in the limelight” and sometimes they don’t want to see themselves as someone who “does math well”.