DARE to Answer! by Dr. Jyoti Hegde
Parents and teachers can use this short story to encourage children to answer questions in class.
There were two friends, Riya and Siya. Siya was a confident girl while Riya was shy. Both would study together and were sincere and hardworking.
In school, Siya would speak to her teachers and answer any question that was asked in class. Riya would not attempt to answer any questions. Due to this, she would get a scolding from her teacher. Siya was a good friend and wanted to help Riya. She asked Riya, "Riya, why don't you answer when the teacher asks questions in class? Don't you know the answer? Do you feel scared of the teacher? Do you feel all will laugh at you if your answer is wrong? Do you feel the teacher will ask you further questions and then you may not be able to answer those questions?" Riya replied, "Oh Siya! I do know the answers most of the time just like you as we study together regularly. But I get scared to stand up and speak in front of all. I feel nervous and get butterflies in my stomach. So I avoid answering. Please help me." Siya replied, "Riya, I will try to help you overcome your fear. I will share a technique which helped me speak more confidently in class. You have to just use the DARE method." Riya asked, "What is the DARE method?" Siya explained, "When the teacher asks a question, the first step is Decide that you will answer. The second step is Arrange the answer in your mind. The third step is Raise your hand and the fourth step is Express yourself clearly and loudly." Riya was very happy. She agreed to try out the DARE method the very next day for the general knowledge quiz as she had prepared thoroughly for the quiz.
The next day in class, the teacher asked in the quiz, "Which is the national bird of India?" Riya Decided she will answer. She quickly Arranged the answer in her mind and then Raised her hand. The teacher was happy to give her a chance. Riya Expressed herself clearly and loudly. "It's the Peacock!" All clapped for her correct answer. Riya felt as proud as a peacock.
From that day, there was no turning back for Riya. Now, she not only answers questions herself but also encourages others to DARE to answer questions in class!
Dr. Jyoti Hegde is a Corporate soft skills trainer and a life skills trainer for kids based in Goa, India. Her passion is to conduct sessions for kids on the values, habits, and life skills needed for health, happiness and success.