What you'll learn
- Integrate into practice Instructional Moves – high-leverage teaching strategies – that foster productive student-centered classroom discussions
- Develop a deeper understanding of available research on the topic of classroom-oriented discussions and how this research can inform and refine teaching practices
- Learn to challenge existing assumptions around classroom discussions, especially the role of the teacher
- Reflect on ways to identify Instructional Moves around equity that encourage students from all backgrounds to find their voices and more fully shape the direction of group discussions
- Learn how to leverage small group discussions
Engagement. Equity. Purpose. Good classroom discussions at any level of education consider all of these elements - and more. Effective facilitators guide discussions, position students’ thinking at the center of the conversation, and find creative ways to incorporate more student voices into the mix.
A growing body of research demonstrates the importance of student-centered discussions in classrooms. Nevertheless, facilitating such discussions is easier said than done. Ensuring classroom exchanges that consistently achieve inclusivity and engage students poses many challenges, particularly for early-stage professors, graduate students, and K-12 practitioners.