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When asking questions to initiate conversations...

Sometimes my students will go quiet and I can't get them to engage in the conversation. Any thoughts on a better way to get the discussion started?

I always ask open-ended questions after reviewing any of the material to get started. Then pause to see who will strike the nerve to start. If no one starts I will choose a student to give some form of analysis to what was coverded. Just to get the ball rolling.


I also use open ended questions and sometimes the students will ask me for my input I sometimes feel its to make the instructor continue talking so then I use close ended answers and redirect them where I want the discussion to go.

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