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increasing student to student interaction in discussions

May 25, 2014 12:25pm

In many classroom discussions the teacher asks a question, a student answers the question, and the teacher provides feedback on the response. What strategies work for increasing the level of interaction between students so the discussion is more student driven and inquiry oriented?

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    • Jun 4, 2014 8:24am

      Small groups can help students feel more comfortable discussing their ideas and asking each other questions. In my math classes, students were much more willing to ask and answer questions with each other while I circulated around.

      • Jun 30, 2014 7:06pm

        I've always been a proponent of readers response journals to encourage thinking and writing deeply about text. Although I never used them with peers writing peers, I've no doubt they would work well with the right modeling and expectations. Be sure to check out Harvey and Elaine Daniels new book, The Best-Kept Teaching Secret: How Written Conversations Engage Kids, Activate Learning, Grow Fluent Writers . . . K-12, for that and many more ways to use written conversations. Loved "Write Arounds" when used during a PD with adults. Feedback from teachers was positive for use with fifth graders.


        • Jul 1, 2014 4:46am

          When I went for a training on AVID, one of the sessions I appreciated was the incorporating the use of Socratic Seminars.

          • Jul 2, 2014 9:33am

            I think it just takes practice. As a teacher we should be constantly modeling for the students to teach them the correct way to interact with each other, join discussions, and ask questions. It may take some time at the beginning, but with enough practice everything becomes easier. Take little steps to model to the students and start encouraging them to take the lead.