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  • 1. ROXANNA ROSAS EDUC 4113 FALL 2009 Discussion Chapter 9
  • 2. Discussion
    • Instructional strategy that uses student-teacher and student-student interactions as primary vehicle for higher level learning goals.
    • When used effectively can:
      • Stimulate thinking
      • Challenge attitudes and beliefs
      • Develop interpersonal skills
  • 3. Discussion
    • Uses
      • To understand the connections and relationships between ideas
      • To become an active listener
      • To develop leadership skills
      • To summarize group opinions
      • To develop self-directed learning skills
      • To develop analysis, synthesis, and evaluative skills
      • To arrive at consensus
      • To handle controversy and differences of opinion
      • (page 270)
  • 4. Discussion
    • Planning
      • Consider goals
      • Decide if group should be large group & teacher-led discussion OR small-group & student-led
      • Consider background and student experience
      • Discussion should result in a specific product
      • Consider time allotted for activity
    • Implementing
      • Use lesson plans to provide structure and use questioning to guide students
  • 5. Advantages
    • Can stimulate thinking, challenge attitudes and beliefs, develop interpersonal skills
    • Can help reach important classroom goals
      • Page 270
  • 6. Disadvantages
    • If not organized/managed properly can be boring for students, frustrating for the teacher, a general waste of time
    • Teacher has less control over lesson’s direction and pace
    • Students have a tendency to drift away from the central focus or topic of lesson
  • 7. Why I Chose This Strategy
    • I believe this is an important strategy to use in the classroom. I tend to relate discussions to middle school and high school. However, I think that discussions can be used with younger children as well. It’s important that teachers use a variety of strategies in their classroom.
  • 8. Using Discussion in the Classroom
    • I will use discussion in my classroom mainly with brainstorming ideas or learning a new concept. It is useful to use discussion with brainstorming because students can get ideas from each other and help fellow students who may not understand the concepts being taught. I think it is important to have discussions when learning a new concept because the teacher can get an idea of how many students actually understand that concept.