Leading Classroom Discussions
Often, a simple class discussion is the best format for getting students engaged with Global Impact topics. …But leading a discussion isn’t always “simple”! It can be challenging to make sure all students are involved, not just a few big talkers. We recommend using cooperative learning strategies to provide structure, especially for smaller-group discussions.
Good Resources on Leading Class Discussions:
- TeacherVision provides a nice explanation of the cooperative “Think, Pair, Share” strategy for combining small-group and whole-class discussion
- The National School Reform Faculty’s protocol list includes many great structures for classroom discussions
- “How to Lead a Discussion” from the Stanford Teaching Commons gives guidelines and useful tips for whole-class discussions
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