[quote=“Matchstick_man”]In group classes how do you politely get the kid with a captivating personality, who isn’t scared to make mistakes in English, to be quiet?
It’s a problem in a couple of my classes right now. On one hand, I applaud these kids as they’re only doing what I wish the other kids were but on the other hand, I feel they’re being detrimental to the other students who should be contributing/expressing themselves in English too.
I’m sure all long-term teachers have had this problem. How did or do you deal with it?[/quote]
I think taking a kid like this and making him into a great student could be easy. It seems the English part is going well, but he needs some manners training.
Write “Zip your lip” on the board and give smilies or stamps to kids who raise their hands before they speak. Walk them through it: “What did you say? Huh? What did you forget to do?” And hopefully he will shoot his hand right up in the air.
And be consistant. This is something I do not do enough in my classes. Sometimes I want answers from individual kids. Sometimes I let them do the Chinese answering technique (all at once, all together, all the same words. [How DO they do that???]) Try to use the same method all the time. They’ll get it in a few classes.
And, yes, praise, always praise good behavior…expecially the quiet girls who rarley speak up.