Alexis went with me to church history class this morning to observe--Dr. F. invited her in a couple of weeks ago. She commented on what she perceived as my easy participation; and this led to a discussion about the concept of "jumping in" and social cuing. I said that if i was a sighted teacher and knew that she was a timid student and wanted to improve her participation, I would invite her to raise her hand so that I could cue her. As a blind teacher, I would need to come up with another system for my students to cue me. It's very normal in a college seminar for students to just jump in when they have something to say; and as a teacher it would be very important for me to be able to validate the attempt of the timid student to jump in and keep the bold students from walking over them.
The same principle works in a small group discussion, and I need to find a way to deal with it. I don't really like the idea of calling on people at random, although I understand why people do it. I would much prefer to be able to encourage someone to speak up because i know that the person is ready emotionally and spiritually to take the risk. Without being able to see people's faces, calling at random is a huge risk for me.