I would like to write a sentence to the effect of "the student was afraid to be called on." I have searched all over to find the verb of "calling on" a student and the best I can find is 当たる as provided by this dictionary website (see definition 11).
However, I do know that this verb tends to mean "hit," and I am doubtful of how common 当たる would be used for this context of calling upon a student by a teacher.
Would this word be normally used in this way? Or is there a better, more common way to convey the idea of teachers calling upon a student to answer a question?