Practical Ways to Improve Students' Thinking and Make Class Discussions More Exciting!

Details

It's not enough for students to simply pay attention – they need to be active participants. Many students stop listening, begin to fade or disengage during typical question/answer drills in the classroom. Working within an answers-based education system, teachers must go out of their way to create conditions conducive to inquiry and critical thinking. The best discussions keep everyone active, either by sharing or thinking. Even those students who rarely, if ever, contribute can still participate in other ways. In this interactive session, Dr Perez will share her favourite ways to design discussions in a dynamic and exciting manner.

Objectives and Outcomes

  • Establish routines for managing whole group and small group discussions and participation in cooperative learning activities 
  • Identify what is acceptable for participating in respectful communication 
  • Implement key practices to create an engaging environment that supports differentiated teaching and learning 
  • Increase student’s presentation skills, higher level thinking skills and academic discourse 
  • Learn practical techniques for making class discussions more engaging and productive

Additional Information

SKU CONF2019HAF
Session Session 2 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
Day Day 3
Strand Classroom Strategies

It's not enough for students to simply pay attention – they need to be active participants. Many students stop listening, begin to fade or disengage during typical question/answer drills in the classroom. Working within an answers-based education system, teachers must go out of their way to create conditions conducive to inquiry and critical thinking. The best discussions keep everyone active, either by sharing or thinking. Even those students who rarely, if ever, contribute can still participate in other ways. In this interactive session, Dr Perez will share her favourite ways to design discussions in a dynamic and exciting manner.

Objectives and Outcomes

  • Establish routines for managing whole group and small group discussions and participation in cooperative learning activities 
  • Identify what is acceptable for participating in respectful communication 
  • Implement key practices to create an engaging environment that supports differentiated teaching and learning 
  • Increase student’s presentation skills, higher level thinking skills and academic discourse 
  • Learn practical techniques for making class discussions more engaging and productive