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Participating in Class
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.76

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     challenging words:    clarify, peers, self-confidence, unprepared, formulate, participation, interesting, deals, gain, palms, racing, sweaty, attack, subject, heart, tips
     content words:    Golden Rule


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Participating in Class
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Your palms are sweaty. Your heart is racing. Your face is turning red. You want to take part in this class discussion. Or maybe you have a question to ask. Maybe the teacher has asked you to answer a question. Class participation can be a big part of your grade. But you don't want to make a fool of yourself in front of all your peers. What should you do? Relax! Participating in class will be a breeze. Just follow a few important tips.
 
2     In order to speak intelligently in class, you must first listen. Listen to everything that is being said. Make sure you understand what is being discussed. Try to remember what has already been said. If you listen carefully, you will be less likely to make a point that has already been brought up. You will be able to form a good comment, question, or answer about the subject.
 
3     Always think before you speak. Try to state your question or comment in a way that everyone will understand. If your teacher or classmates don't understand what you are saying, allow them to help clarify it. Don't be offended by this. They are not trying to make you feel stupid.
 
4     Comments you make in class often include your opinion about the topic. You may also want to give your opinion about something someone else has said. Remember to use the "Golden Rule." Treat others as you would like them to treat you. Don't attack someone with words. Don't call them names or tell them that they are dumb. You wouldn't want someone to do that to you. Instead, say politely, "I disagree with you because..." Then give your reasons. Expect that they will have more to say about your opinion. Agree to disagree.
 
5     Don't worry if someone makes a rude comment about what you've said. Some people just lack manners. Don't be one of them by sending a rude comment back to them. Simply ignore them. Let your teacher manage the classroom.

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