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Discussion
'Types ofCDiscussion
Open CDiscussion: Sitting in a newfornwtion, sudi as a cirete, students are
requiretf to give at kast one response to a topic generatetf 6y tfie teacher.
qJiree Inde:{ Cart!CDiscussion: Sitting in a cirete, each student must use
three canis tfuring the tfuration ofthe t1lScu.ssion. When a student
responds, he/she thrO'Ws a cartfin to the center ofthe cirete signifying one of
his/fzer turns is up. 7liis option worRJ 6est ifattempting to remedy fiaving onEy
afew participants tfuring traditiona{tfiscussionformats.
'De6ate: Students are given a contrOTJersia[topic antfmust choose a sUfe to
agree with (for or against, in support ofX, etc.) Ona a sUfe is chosen, students
wi[[tfeJentf their choice using evidence antfUfeas from previous k.nowktfge.
P.fectronic CDiscussion (]Joartf Students are given 2-3 topics to respontf to
ekctronuaf(:y, posting their responses so tfiat other students amf the teacher are
a6k to see these Ufeas.
Silent CDiscussion: Vsing two 6fank.pieces ofpaper, students write a
question a60ut tfie fiterature 6eing stuatetfon otte sheet ant!a alScu.ssion
question on the other sheet. 7liese sheets are passetfarountf the cfass antf the
other stu.dents l.vrite answers to tfie questions or 6ring up other questions on tfie
same topic. '
Student Let!CDiscussion: Students l.vrite tfO'Wn a question or topicfrom the
fiterature 6eing stuatea. 'lTiese topics are pfacetfin a 6asR!t antfone student
tfraws a piece ofpaper antfpresents tfie topU. After stutfents fiave saU[
everything tfzey desire to a60ut thefirst topic, anotfier student tfraws a new
topicfrom the 6asR!t, repeating the same process unti[a[[students have saUf
something.
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RESOURCES
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Talking in Class: Using Discussion to
Enhance Teaching and Learning by
McCann, Johannessen, Kahn, Flanagan
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"Intelligent discussion boards:
Promoting deep conversations in
asynchronous discussion boards through
synchronous support
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by Wijekumar and
Spielvogel. Campus-Wide Information
System. V.23, Iss.3
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"talk about it! using discussion to
extend and enhance student research
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by Rankin. Teacher Librarian. V.33,
Iss. 3
Top 10 Ways to
Promote Discussion:
10. Provide
opportunities to
engage students in the
language of discussion
9. Allow students to
write a response
before speaking in
front of the class
8. Connect questions
to students' lives
7. Use discussion
prompts to offer
options
6. Have other students
assess the ideas being
presented by their
peers
5. Ask questions that
promote controversy
4. Allow wait time for
students to gather their
II ideas
3. Ask questions that
promote students to
justify their answers
2. Create a
comfortable class­
room environment
1. Start in small groups
then resume in a full
class discussion
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