The classroom plays an important part in developing some of our earliest memories. Some of those memories stick with people throughout their lives. Laughing at a class clown’s funny joke, a discussion about a current event, or running out the door to head to recess will form the backbone of every student’s first memories of what it’s like to be in an organization with other people. Classroom instructors need to know that they have a responsibility to make those memories as pleasant as possible.
When teachers ask for students to participate, they are showing attention to that one specific student. This is something that encourages the student and teaches them how to share their ideas with a group. It’s important. However, there are times when teachers play favorites with one student over others, and many times the teacher is not even aware of it.
Certain students are naturally more talkative and willing to participate than other students. Teachers will sometimes come to depend on these students to keep the classroom discussions flowing, especially those teachers who rely heavily on classroom discussion and don’t seem to be finding any other students willing to discuss much. For example, if a teacher calls on one student and it leads to an excited, interesting response, they may come to call on this student more often than a child who gives a one or two-word response very quietly.
The problem is, calling on one child too much can cause other students to miss their opportunity to share or to feel like the teacher is playing favorites. Some concerned app makers came up with a random name picker that can help remedy this frequent classroom problem. When teachers are able to pick students randomly, there’s a greater chance that students who haven’t participated much will start contributing more to the classroom discussion.
It can also help with another common problem: Students who frequently answer questions by blurting them out. While some students welcome this kind of classroom environment, others feel it’s more important to have a controlled discussion. Students who aren’t as outgoing can feel overshadowed by those who appreciate the art of gab more. With a name picker, you let every student know that they will be called upon randomly, and they’ll also know that each student will get their turn in a fairer way.
Apps like this are helping teachers all around the world create better learning environments for their students. It’s also helping less outgoing children become more involved in the conversations that take place in the classroom. Just because a student is a bit shy doesn’t mean that they don’t have a lot to say about a certain subject. What a random picker does is enable the less outgoing children to feel like they are in a more controlled environment. It also helps teachers who favor certain students – something that isn’t as uncommon as you might think – avoid doing so unintentionally. These apps are helping to make classrooms a more productive place.