The ability to engage in academic discussions is an essential skill for students heading on to college. It is also a key workplace skill if students will be working in an office and attending staff meetings.
This lesson plan teaches you how to teach your students this critical skill. There is also a rubric for students to evaluate each other, and for you to use when evaluating the students. Also includes helpful tips to avoid the pitfalls that can arise with student-led discussions.
I've used this method with students of all levels -- including students in urban schools plagued with violence. This is not just for students who already see themselves as "college bound" -- in fact, using it with students who don't see themselves as college material will help those students shift in their perceptions of themselves and their abilities.
Plus, once they get the hang of it, this is a FANTASTIC lesson for when you're being observed by your principal.