Class discussions are a great way to check for student understanding, give students voice in your classroom, and encourage critical thinking. However, we have all facilitated, participated in, and observed tedious and boring class discussions. Yes, it is important that the discussion topic be an interesting one, but the level of student participation also plays a role in the level of engagement in a class discussion.
This article from Edutopia, by Dr. Richard Curwin, offers five simple strategies you can incorporate into your classroom discussions to increase student participation and engagement. As you read the article, think about how you could include some of these strategies into your next class discussion.
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