Frequency of Seminar Discussions
Discussion obviously plays a huge role in most ELA classrooms. For those of you who like to have socratic seminars or similar discussion structures that allow the teacher to "get out of the way" (e.g., pinwheel discussions, Paideia seminars), how often do you have these kinds of largely student-controlled discussions? Additionally, in what other ways do you structure, scaffold, and facilitate frequent student discussions in your ELA classrooms, and how often?
This will be my first year teaching on my own (9th and 10th grade English), and I'm eager to involve my students in asking questions, constructing their own understandings, and having rich discussions about texts and other ELA topics.
- English Language Arts
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