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June 24, 2005

Preserving Prestige in the Classroom

In his latest "Indirectly Speaking" column in today's Daily Yomiuri, Mike Guest shares what he describes as "the most valuable teaching skill that I have learned" in 16 years teaching in Japan. He talks about how to deal with the "prestige factor" when calling upon students in class, describing an all-too-familiar situation where a student, when suddenly asked to answer a question in front of his classmates, first consults with those around him before shrugging and remaining silent. Guest provides alternatives approaches to getting the best out of our students, even allowing them to consult one another or speak in Japanese.
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