In first period today I raised my hand to answer a simple math question! 🙂 I did feel a little nervous beforehand and hesitated once the room got silent. But I did it quick enough where I didn’t have too much time to think about it. She didn’t see my hand though, so I just said it aloud surprisingly enough. I said how to solve the problem and the answer that you would get.
It was a good thing I answered because she was starting to think we couldn’t do simple math. She then asked if anyone had a calculator, and she looked at me and saw I had one. So I offered to do the calculations that she asked me to put in and I read them aloud.
I spoke more all period than anyone else did in the class, though after a while I thought some of the others were probably getting annoyed with me. But if they thought that oh well, that’s the second time I’ve ever raised my hand in her class so it’s not like I say much often.
It felt good, and the more I spoke aloud the more confident I became and could keep speaking. I even spoke without raising my hand since most of my teacher’s attention was on me and she sort of expected me to keep answering I think. Usually I always feel the need to raise my hand to answer questions because I’ve gotten so used to it over the years, but now in my senior year classes and college class it seems like it’s not really expected anymore. That’s probably because by now the teachers figure we know when to talk so we’re not interrupting. I still prefer raising my hand though.
Does anyone else feel like they still want to raise their hand even when they don’t really have to?