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One student monopolizes classStep 2: Identify Reasons

Identify possible reasons for the problem you have selected.
To find the most effective strategies, select the reason that best describes your situation, keeping in mind there may be multiple relevant reasons.

One student monopolizes class

Student may not know what kind of participation is appropriate.

Student is especially enthusiastic or knowledgeable about the subject.

Student is showing off for classmates.

Student’s behavior is symptomatic of a larger problem in the class.

Student has emotional, psychological, or substance-related issues.

A special thanks to Dave Nelson from Purdue University who provided valuable feedback on these strategies.

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