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  • This is where we do a rotating stations activity with three questions:What issues/challenges do we have to deal with when using discussions inour classes?What approaches seem to help discussions run smoothly in your classes?For what reasons do we use discussions in our classes?
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    • 1. Reinventing DiscussionsCenter for Faculty Development
    • 2. Curiosities?  What are your concerns, questions, and ideas about facilitating discussions?
    • 3. Community Expectations Trust Relevance Modeling Practice Shared responsibilities Balanced voices
    • 4. “Maybe if I sit in the back she won’t call on me…”
    • 5. Ensuring prereading Setting expectations Garnering enthusiasm Establishing relevance Assigning readings carefully Framing with questions, structure
    • 6. Ensuring prereading Setting expectations Garnering enthusiasm Establishing relevance Assigning readings carefullyFraming with questions, structure
    • 7. Using thought-provoking promptsNeil Postman once wrote, Neil Postman once wrote,“Computers are merely ingenious “Computers are merely ingeniousdevices to fulfill unimportant devices to fulfill unimportantfunctions. The computer revolution functions. The computer revolutionis an explosion of nonsense.” is an explosion of nonsense.”Do you agree or disagree with Why do you think Postman wrotePostman? this? What evidence do you believe he would reference to support his perspective? What would you say to change his mind, or at least present an alternative perspective? What is your viewpoint, and why?
    • 8. Ensuring prereading Setting expectations Garnering enthusiasm Establishing relevance Assigning readings carefullyFraming with questions, structure
    • 9. Prompting discussion prep Responding to prompts in advance Reviewing discussion expectations in advance
    • 10. “If I’m lucky, the same people who always answer the questions will do so again today…”
    • 11. Structuring discussions Basic format Role assignment Discussion protocols
    • 12. Structuring discussionsBasic format  Physical space  Group size  Length of time  Modeling  Extension questions  Time-outs
    • 13. Structuring discussionsRole assignment  Time manager  Summarizer  Questioner  Recorder  Devil’s Advocate
    • 14. Structuring discussionsDiscussion protocols  Provides structure  Defines roles and level of participation  Balances voices and time
    • 15. “How many times do I need to talk to meetthe participation requirement?”
    • 16. Assessing discussions Shared responsibility One-minute papers Discussion rubric/assessment tool
    • 17. Assessing discussionsShared responsibility
    • 18. Assessing discussionsOne-minute papers
    • 19. Assessing discussionsDiscussion rubric/assessment tool