If your classroom is anything like mine, it can sometimes be too quiet. You might be waiting for a response to a question, and nobody is willing to answer. Let’s face it, not everyone coming into your classroom is fully awake and ready to interact (maybe that’s just me). If you end up answering your own questions very often, give this a try. Break into small groups. You can do this a couple of different ways depending on your class size. For the small class, ask your members to turn to a partner and share what they think. For a larger class, you can divide into groups of three or four. This causes your members to interact more with each other and not just rely on the few members that are willing to answer. I do not recommend doing this for every question but more frequently on questions where there is not such a cut-and-dried answer.
Depending on the size of your class, some people may be intimidated by speaking in what seems to them to be a large group. So consider dividing your class into groups of two or three, and allow-ing time for the small group to discuss the topic. Then ask for volunteers from the small groups to present to the class. You might follow that with something like, “Did any other group have some ideas that have not been presented to the entire group yet?” This can be another way to enlarge your participation pool.