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Effective Ways to Structure Discussion

Effective Ways to Structure Discussion | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The use of online discussion in both blended and fully online courses has made clear that those exchanges are more productive if they are structured, if there’s a protocol that guides the interaction. This kind of structure is more important in the online environment because those discussions are usually asynchronous and minus all the nonverbal cues that facilitate face-to-face exchanges. But I’m wondering if more structure might benefit our in-class discussions as well.

Students struggle with academic discourse. They have conversations (or is it chats?) with each other, but not discussions like those we aspire to have in our courses. And although students understand there’s a difference between the two, they don’t always know exactly how they’re supposed to talk about academic content when discussing it with teachers and classmates. Would providing more structure provide that clarity and make the value of discussions more obvious to students?

 

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What's right — and very wrong — with the teacher education debate - Washington Post (blog)

What's right — and very wrong — with the teacher education debate - Washington Post (blog) | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
What's right — and very wrong — with the teacher education debate Washington Post (blog) The richness came in the variety of ways they realized these qualities—an important point, given the push by some for increasingly regulated curriculum and...
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Figurative Speech Sways Decisions

When pondering a decision or trying to convince others, think carefully about your metaphors. The implicit information may subtly influence decision making. [More]
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Today’s young people will grow up to be the citizens of the future: but what that future holds for them is uncertain. We can be quite confident, however, that they will be faced with decisions about a wide range of issues on which people have differing, contradictory views. If they are to develop as global citizens all young people should have the opportunity to engage with these controversial issues. Teachers have a key role in enabling young people to develop the skills they need to do this.

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When Class Size Matters: A Tale Of Two Teaching Styles

When Class Size Matters: A Tale Of Two Teaching Styles | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
When Class Size Matters: A Tale Of Two Teaching Styles by Paul Barnwell, Teacher of English and Digital Media and blogger at mindfulstew Mr. Jones, a passionate teacher relying mostly on direct instruction and lecture, sees his class...
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Milton Friedman’s Pencil – The New Inquiry

Milton Friedman’s Pencil – The New Inquiry | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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If you've seen the video about the pencil, here is an exploration about the human element behind pencil production. Interesting read. It works into a political statement though.

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