Effective Group Discussion Lesson
In this lesson students learn about effective communication by comparing a group discussion scenario written two different ways. In the first example, the characters do not demonstrate effective communication. Students analyze the passage to see where more effective communication could be used. They then read the second example to see how the discussion could have been improved. For both passages, students reflect on how the discussion would make each character feel.
After this introduction, students brainstorm how they would personally like to be treated during group discussions. This leads to the introduction of the TALK method (Trust, Appreciate, Listen, Be Kind), in the form of a foldable note. Students use the knowledge they have gained to debate a topic in a small group, and reflect on their group dynamics and communication.
Sentence Frames For Effective Group Discussion
Use this sentence frame fan to support clear and respectful student communication during group discussions.
Each category includes five sentence frame prompts. Students can use the sentence frames to create responses that promote effective classroom discussions.
Effective Group Communication Task Cards
In this activity students read examples and decide wether they demonstrate effective or ineffective communication. This is a great activity to use for SCOOT and to introduce effective group discussion to students.
(FREE) Effective Group Discussion Interactive Notebook
Use these four interactive notebook components to explore the concept of effective group discussion with students.
The first note allows students to explore how they want to be treated by others in a group discussion, and what they need to give in return. The second has them brainstorm encouraging vs discouraging words when providing feedback to others. In the third note students decide wether statements are an example of effective or ineffective communication, and and in the final note they brainstorm statements they can use to agree, disagree, ask for clarification, and more.