In the role of coach, make sure to intervene and provide reasons why students benefit from actively listening more. I always tell my students that if they walk into class with one idea about the text and then dominate the conversation without listening, they will leave the classroom with the same one idea. By actively listening, they will actually learn new ideas and viewpoints.
Don’t be afraid of limiting a student’s participation. One technique I like to use involves dice. Depending on the size of the group, I will give the talkative students a die with six, eight, or ten sides. They place the die on the highest number and use it to count down each time they participate. When they use their last number, they can’t speak any more. This technique works really well because the students end up self-monitoring and become more selective about what they share.
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