Raising hands in class leads to better grades
(NC) Do you want to know a simple secret to help your children get better grades? Encourage them to raise their hand in class.
According to Dr. Nick Whitehead, the founder of Oxford Learning, students who are willing to speak up in class are able to learn more effectively than their shy and hesitant classmates.
“Classroom participation shows that students are engaged in their learning. By participating in classroom discussions, offering answers, and asking questions, students can get themselves those extra marks that can be the difference between a B-plus and an A,” Dr. Whitehead explained.
The ability to offer a comment, answer a question when asked, or ask for assistance is a learned skill that can help students end frustration and become better learners.
Here are some tips for encouraging your child to stop being shy and start raising that hand:
• Reinforce the idea that it's okay not to know something, to make mistakes, or to be wrong.
• Involve your child (or encourage your teen to be involved) in a group or activity where they routinely have to speak up.
• Talk to the teacher about your child's reluctance to draw attention to him or herself. Work together to find a solution that will bolster confidence slowly.
• Make sure your child understands that asking questions in class does not mean that he or she is stupid.
• Encourage your child to speak with the teacher after class if he or she has questions not answered.
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