As we discussed in our small group tonight, getting students engaged and vocal in class requires building an emotionally safe and encouraging classroom environment. Our question was whether literature or personal strategies are available. So, here’s the beginning of the list.
1) Ask questions about their lives outside of class.
2) Encourage a judgement free environment and respond accordingly to comments that don’t fit.
3) Use their interests and allow them to participate in decision making.
4) Teach them the language to discuss books and support multiple different perspectives.
These are the ones we’ve discussed so far in class and they are pretty general. Please add ideas for how we can build healthy relationships with our students.