Tips for Calling on Students in Class

Excerpted from The Effective Teacher's Guide, Second Edition
by Nancy Frey, PhD © 2011. The Guilford Press


Teachers call on students to respond to questions and participate in learning activities. However, the pattern of who is called upon is often uneven and may leave some students out of the conversation. For example, a study of questioning in elementary and middle school classrooms found that boys were called on more frequently than girls because they volunteered more often (Altermatt, Jovanovic, & Perry, 1998). You can use a system for drawing student names to ensure you are calling on everyone in your class. The focus of this issue of the Practical Teacher is to provide tips for calling on students in the classroom.

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