Discussion Strategies for Middle and High School Classrooms (Grades 6-12)
This packet of resources provides teachers with discussion techniques to use as part of an effective instructional design for grades 6-12. The ability to effectively discuss in small or large group settings is an integral part of effective communication. Regular practice in the classroom not only helps improve communication skills but also helps master skills and concepts. The activities in this packet require students to collaborate to answer questions, build understanding and solve problems.
The tools in this packet can be used across all content areas and grades levels 6-12. As you review each strategy you will quickly see how each could be used as an engagement strategy, formative assessment or closure activity in any lesson. Frequent use will help increase the engagement of all students in your lessons therefore increasing their motivation for learning and the likelihood of increased academic achievement.
Additionally five short PowerPoints are included to model or facilitate implementation of each technique. You may add your own discussion prompts to F2F Slide By.
Discussion Techniques Included:
• F2F Slide By
• Triangle Triad
• Ring of Truth
• Talking Heads
• Restate to Create
• Included in this resource is a PowerPoint to facilitate each of these techniques in the classroom.
ZIP FILE includes 1 PDF (7 pages) and 5 PowerPoint 2010 files.
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