I'm all for a challenge, but this one is tough. I have a student who completely freezes when called upon in class. I mean, I've had kids who get really shy and give the shoulder shrug in hopes that I forget I asked them a question. I've dealt with kids who try to lay low in hopes that if they aren't looking at me, then I'm not looking at them. But never, in my 15 years in the classroom have I had a kid who actually leaves the classroom when spoken to.
And believe me when I say that I've emptied my bag-o-tricks on this one. That is until the other day I made myself invisible too.
Students were doing some review work and I went and sat next to this student who was burying himself in his work-almost to the point that he was under his paper.
He was low; so I got lower.
He is quiet; so I got quieter.
*in a faint whisper*
"Why don't you answer me when I ask you questions?"
"Because I'm embarrassed."
"Why are you embarrassed."
"Have kids made fun of you before?"
"Has anyone made fun of you in my class?"
"Do you know what I'd do if they made fun of you in here?"
"I'd beat 'em up."
*looks up puzzled*
"Ok, so I won't beat 'em up, but I will NEVER allow a student to make fun of you, ok?"
"So let's set a goal. Before the end of the year, I want to be able to ask you a question from across the room and you answer it, alright?"
And off I went. I had sat next to him before and spoken quietly, but I had always been louder and more conspicuous than he was willing to be.
Yesterday, he used his vocal chords.