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Someone Actually Responded...

Mona Hein (Pioneer Middle School in Wenatchee, WA) actually read last week's post on I Raise My Hand in Protest! Plus, she cared enough to respond to my charge: "Who wants to discuss their next frustration with colleagues? Please raise your hand!" Though Mona did not actually raise her hand, she sent in a great response....Thank you, Mona:

In response to your "news" of April 13, I have to say that I seldom allow students to "raise" their hands. There are times that I request that the students raise their hands if I need for them to respond, but generally I find it extremely irritating for someone to sit there, waving their hand and being disruptive, while I wait for a response. I tend to call on a student before even requesting the information, so that they know to listen and don't get caught off guard. There is nothing worse or more mean than selecting someone who is obviously not paying attention. My method also lends itself to MORE students following along attentively, rather than taking the back seat. Just my thoughts...
Anyone else want to share their two cents worth?