Here’s a collection of five different participation policies. I encourage you to use them to stimulate thinking and conversations about how a participation policy's content and tone can influence learning and classroom climate. Which policies work best—given the course, its content, the instructor, and the students? The objective is to use these examples to stimulate reflection on participation policies, in general, and on your policies, specifically.
At the end of the article is a set of questions to encourage reflection, discussion, and analysis. For example:
- Which policy aligns most closely with your thinking about participation?
- Which policy would you not use? Why?
- Do these policies reveal something about the teacher? If so, what?