Classroom Discussion

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Teaching Strategies for a Learner-Centered Classroom

Strategy:                Class Discussion

Time:                       15-20 minutes

Intent: To bring out different points of view or concepts from a learner-centered point of view.

Process:                

  • Create a set of discussion questions you can pose to students.
  • Tell the students what the goal for the discussion is.
  • Ask the question and let the students answer/discuss/debate.

Uses:

  • Encourages students to think critically about course content in a variety of ways.
  • Set questions provide structure to the discussion and keep discussion on track.

Variation:

  • Questions can be supplied by students as part of a previous activity.
  • For more open-ended questions, with two or more possible answers, divide students into groups, assign sides, and conduct a more formal debate to answer the discussion questions.

Additional Information:

  • Whole Group Discussion Pros and Cons

http://712educators.about.com/od/lessonplans/p/discussions.htm

  • Generic Question Stems

http://www.wright.edu/~carole.endres/genericquestions.htm

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