Discussion is an essential part of any classroom. It provides students with the opportunity to interact with each other, learn norms of respect, ask questions about their world, build knowledge with their peers, and engage in positive conversations with others that may have differing viewpoints. It also promotes critical and evidence-based thinking.
The following resource provides 8 different tools to help facilitate discussion in the classroom. They will help keep you and your students organized, engaged in the conversation, and reflect on the content and quality of the collaborative work. The following resources are provided:
Teacher Discussion Questions Reflection: The tracker provides space to write down succinct notes on your discussion questions. Keep track of the questions you ask and briefly reflect on how those questions did or did not resonate with students. This is a great tool to revisit when teaching the same content for the next class or even the next year.
Discussion Formats: The 8 discussion formats provide the class with myriad of ways to engage in classroom discussions. See the Discussion Formats overview for brief descriptions of each strategy.