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

Course description

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.

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