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What are some ways to build discussion skills?

Jan 21, 2013 5:49pm

I am trying to move away from teacher led to more student driven discourse and wonder what are the easiest ways to begin that work. Any ideas?

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    • Jan 22, 2013 2:05am

      One of the best ways to build discussion skills is to give the class a problem to work on. Make it something that has to be broken up into different sections. It should be challenging enough for different levels of students, and by providing the problem, you also instill a community experience in the classroom. It helps to foster a friendly and communal atmosphere if everyone knows that what they say matters and that no one is afraid to speak.

      By giving out problems it gets students working, it gets their ideas and creativity speaking, and it allows you to monitor and facilitate the class much more easily. You can do this by giving out problems as groups or as one large individual project.

      One of my favorite problems in class is to ask students what would be the Shepherd's reply to "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd," in my literature classes.