Agenda Good News Mid Term Exam Educational Current Events: –Terlisa Smith –Erin Dutton Chapter Portion: –Patricia Butler P. 187-196 –Jimmy Butts P. 197-208
No one is without knowledge except the one who asks no questions West African proverb
Points to ponder What do you perceive as the role of the teacher in classroom discussion? Will you allow students to contribute new information and ideas to the classroom discussion? What are your chief purposes for conducting discussions? Do your students know how to participate in a discussion? Are you willing to allow students to address one another during the discussion, or do you believe all student input must be directed at the teacher?
Purposes of Discussion Allows teacher to monitor students’ understanding Provides a means to develop understanding further Serves as a vehicle for social interaction between teacher and students Socrates
Discussion as a Language Process Writing and reading are constructive processes- build an internal representation of content Does discussion also construct?
True Discussion In most cases, it is a recitation carefully controlled by the teacher True discussion is mutual sharing of opinions in an atmosphere of trust
True Discussion Multiple points of view but able to changes ones mind Students must interact with one another as well as with the teacher Answers must be longer than two or three word responses
Planning a Discussion 1 Decide how to introduce the discussion –Activate prior knowledge –Set purpose of discussion –Remind students of key topics –State what you hope to accomplish –Alternatives Rhetorical questions Provocative quotations
Planning a Discussion 2 Decide where to depart from the guide –Sticking to your reading guide, even if it has higher order thinking questions, is planned. –Where do you want to extend knowledge? –Think of departure questions –Ask Why the facts are as they are?
Planning a Discussion 3. Decide whom to ask –Questions can be ear-marked –All students should be involved –Possibly select more capable students when discussion bogs down
Planning a Discussion 4. Decide on an effective closure –Sum up, conclusion –Ask students for summary
Conducting a Discussion Insuring student involvement