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Nomination Cards: Giving students a chance to speak – tekhnologic

Nomination cards can be used in discussion activities as a way to give all students a chance to speak. It can be a difficult balance trying to facilitate and maintain discussions in the classroom. You have to think about dominant students, shy students, students who don’t know each other, students who feel that they belong to different social groups, students who feel once they have said something their part in the discussion is over and students who are reluctant to talk. It’s difficult and if the teacher involves themselves in the discussion, the students will look at them to lead it. Students need to learn how to nominate each other, how to ask each other for their opinions and how to involve everyone. You can assign roles to students, or give them an activity to practice these skills. I tried a nomination activity out and it worked extremely well. The activity is based on card games, not games like poker, but games that have special cards or cards that give the player an ability.

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