What can I do if...

What can I do if my kids not to share their views, not to ask any questions, or will to answer teacher’s questions in class?

Children are often shy in new environments. Many of our first-time students are a bit nervous during their first few classes. This is perfectly normal. In many instances, the students have never met a person from another country. This could be their first time interacting with foreign classmates and teachers. When you couple that with a limited English ability it is easy to see how this can be a recipe for shyness. Before we assume too much about a student, give them some time to become comfortable in their new virtual classroom.

With that said, participation is still important and a critical part of learning. This is something we heavily emphasize at SEA. We want your students to interact with the world around them, not just their local neighborhood. During class students will be encouraged to participate. Teachers are trained to call on students during class, and facilitate class activities with everyone.

There are a few strategies to help your student participate more in class. Let SEA Customer Service know that you feel your student is not participating enough in class. Please be sure to include class details so we can reach out to the teacher, and work with them to solve this issue. Teachers will be aware of how to handle it in class. They will know to provide more opportunities for students to participate.

Make sure your student knows how to operate their computer, and speak up in class. You’ll need to make sure your microphone is not muted when you’re speaking. Each teacher may have their own rules in class on how to speak up, or participate. For example, a student can say their own name. This lets the teacher know that someone wants to speak because teachers cannot always see every student in the class.

Understand the teacher’s preferences. Teachers may also have a specific time for students to participate. Some teachers like to lecture for 10 minutes, have a discussion for 5 minutes then repeat. After a few classes with the teacher you will know more about their style. However, the most effective strategy is positive reinforcement. If you want your student to perform a particular behavior, then encouraging them through positive reinforcement is very powerful. You need to reward the behavior you want to see from your children. So, once they have performed the behavior you need to give them a reward. This needs to be consistent across classes and situations.

Let’s say your child really loves reading, art or music. They can’t always follow these hobbies because of school work. If you want your child to participate more you can use these interests as a reward. Each student will be different, but you can start small with how much you reward them. For example, if your child participates three times in the class you will buy them a small book. The exact numbers will depend on the students’ needs. If you do this consistently you will notice an increase in your student’s participation level. Maybe for week 1 you just ask them to speak in class twice. The next week it is three times and so on. You can reward them as their participation level increases.

Participating in class is important. We hope all students participate in every class. We realize this may not happen, but it is something to aim for.

San Education Academy will work with your student to improve their participation. Answered by Chris Ternosky

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