I hope all of you are doing well so far in this semester and hopefully more of you are enjoying this chilly weather than myself. I would like to get feedback on a teaching strategy of sorts that I have always employed as long as I have taught. I like to call on my students and ask them questions actively during the class. I make this quite clear on day one of the class and continue with this through out the semester. I make it clear that I ask questions to make sure nobody is falling behind and because my classes are usually small 14-15 students, I tend to get around to almost everybody during each class. The questions are not supposed to make any body feel bad or put them on the spot (although I know they are put on the spot).
I have personally received one complaint that a student felt embarrassed and humiliated for being called on to solve a problem on the board. The student was unable to solve the problem by herself and did receive help from other students and myself while she was at the board. What are your thoughts on this? Not sure how many other students feel humiliated. I hope none actually. I have used this questioning to get an idea of who is falling behind and going over concepts multiple times to make sure it gets through. Often times when one student does not get something, others don’t also however, most of them will not admit it.