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Thursday, October 22, 2009

You’re the Teacher: An Interactive Method to Facilitate A Classroom or Small Group Discussion

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. Accordingly our mentees should know about the Classroom Discussion Model of Teaching.

One interactive method to facilitate a classroom or small group discussion is You’re the Teacher. An explanation of the rules for engagement follows:

The teacher poses a question to the class. After some wait time has elapsed, e.g. 10 seconds, students raise their hands indicating that they want to share some information. The teacher then invites a student to speak. After the student has completed her response, she becomes the teacher (i.e. discussion leader), and then selects the next student to speak.

On the next post we will share another small group or whole class discussion procedure called Group Discussion with Brainstorming.

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