Hands Up in Class - Could It Be Bad for Your Child? IT'S WHAT'S Always Happened at School - but Education Experts Reckon Asking Children to Put Their Hands Up in Class Could Be Bad for Some Pupils. They Say It Could Mean Quieter Children Are Left out and Teachers Should Consider Other Methods. Education Reporter LUCY LYNCH Asked a Teacher and Families for Their Views

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Hands Up in Class - Could It Be Bad for Your Child? IT'S WHAT'S Always Happened at School - but Education Experts Reckon Asking Children to Put Their Hands Up in Class Could Be Bad for Some Pupils. They Say It Could Mean Quieter Children Are Left out and Teachers Should Consider Other Methods. Education Reporter LUCY LYNCH Asked a Teacher and Families for Their Views


Byline: LUCY LYNCH

MATHS teacher Felicity Bunker reckons asking youngsters to put their hands up in class is a good thing.

She says it's a good way of getting children answering questions and is also a way for children to ask for help with work as well.

Coventry president of teaching union the Association of Teachers And Lecturers, Felicity (pictured right) said: "The problem we sometimes have is that some children don't put their hands up but call out.

"The small number of children that call out get the attention - and it can be the quiet ones that get forgotten.

"Asking for hands up is a way of involving everybody without having calling out.

"There are children who know the answer but are afraid of saying the wrong thing and don't have the confidence to put their hands up.

"I would never embarrass a child who is particularly vulnerable by asking them to answer.

"What I would normally do is during the lesson ask them a question one-to-one. After all, we're not all the same.

"During the lesson children put their hands up if they need help. That means I know they need help without them calling out, which disrupts everybody else."

WHAT THE PARENTS AND CHILDREN THINK...

"Sometimes kids don't want to be put on the spot so hands up is a good thing."

Natalie Polden, 26, a full-time mum, of Emscote Road, Warwick.

"Putting hands up is all right but teachers should choose different people so it's not always the same ones."

Natalie's daughter Kaylor, aged 10, a pupil at All Saints School in Warwick. …

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