I had a class with a person who was a know-it-all. They would take every opportunity to answer questions in class. In an effort to display their knowledge, they often prevented other people from having a chance to learn why their answer was right or wrong.
I have a class with a person who is a know-it-all. How can I teach them to cede the spotlight?
– Serving Otters from the Sidelines
Dear Serving Otters from the Sidelines,
I understand completely. I have felt this way in classes before and can see how it can be annoying. My suggestion would start with having a small conversation with them. Often times, people who answer all of the questions and don’t leave room for other students don’t know they are acting this way. Having a small, non confrontational, conversation about their behavior might be beneficial for the both of you.
If you are uncomfortable with addressing this person directly, or maybe you already have addressed them, I’d suggest talking with, or emailing, your professor about the situation. Although professors usually catch on to these types of students fairly quickly and try their best to make room for others, a conversation with them can usually bring light to the situation and start a dialogue with the student.
We are all here to learn and our education is important. If you are having trouble with a student, you should resolve it so that it doesn’t affect your learning.
– Dearest Abby
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