I don’t know if this happens in other classes or just mine but I feel like the discussions are not generated very well. I read every assignment assigned for discussion but I feel like I don’t know what to say during discussion. I know I’m not the only one in the class who feels that way. I’ve seen people around me with highlighted texts but never speak out during class. I respond in discussion once or twice during each session because I feel like by the time I’ve found evidence in the text or thought of something to say, other people have already said them and for me to speak up would just be repetitive. Some other people are more outgoing than others and they are the ones who are constantly speaking out while the rest of us stay quiet. It’s not that the rest of us aren’t opinioned but we just don’t know what to say in class. I’m always nervous before I speak out because I’m afraid I’ll say something wrong. I want to contribute to discussion but sometimes it’s just difficult. I don’t know how else to generate discussion and this may be the best option, but I feel like a lot of people are not receiving the credits even though they are reading every assignment. I know if you ask them, then they probably have a lot to say. However, I am not recommending calling on certain people to answer questions so they can get the credit because sometimes you really don’t know the answer, and when the GSI calls on you, you can’t answer it. But maybe there’s another way for people to be more involved during the discussion? I don’t know if there is, but people learn differently and that’s why there are a lot of other ways for them to get the points. But people also participate differently. Some people are too timid to speak out when everyone is watching them. I know some people might say there’s nothing to be afraid of, but that doesn’t prevent us from getting nervous at the thought of speaking out. And because we are scared of saying the wrong thing, we often just stay quiet.