In-person course to build discussion pedagogy skills

The Discussion Project in-person course helps teachers design and implement equitable, inclusive, and engaging discussion in grades 6-12 classrooms.

Discussion pedagogy coursework delivered in-person

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Course overview

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Module 1

Building Community

Learning Objectives

  • Create an equitable and inclusive classroom climate conducive to high quality discussion.
  • Learn different ways to structure and facilitate discussion.
  • Implement strategies that develop students’ discussion skills.

Activities

  • Rank Order Partner Discussion
  • Course Overview & Learning Methods
  • Circle within a Circle Norms Check-in
  • The Last Word Protocol

    Module 2

    Defining Discussion

    Learning Objectives

    • Distinguish between discussion and other forms of student talk.
    • Learn different ways to structure and facilitate discussion.
    • Implement strategies that develop students’ discussion skills.

    Activities

    • Defining Student Talk and Discussion
    • Planning Workshop #1
    • Structured Academic Controversy
    • Planning Workshop #2

      Module 3

      Facilitating Whole Class Interactions

      Learning Objectives

      • Learn different ways to structure and facilitate discussion.
      • Implement strategies that develop students’ discussion skills.

      Activities

      • Reasons for / Challenges of Whole Class Interactions
      • Whole Class Discussion
      • Facilitation Techniques Posters

        Module 4

        Structuring Discussion & Crafting Questions

        Learning Objectives

        • Learn different ways to structure and facilitate discussion.
        • Learn to craft questions that foster discussion.
        • Implement strategies that develop students’ discussion skills.

        Activities

        • Feedback Fishbowls
        • Crafting Questions

        Module 5

        Planning & Assessment Discussion

        Learning Objectives

        • Design, implement, and reflect on plans for discussion.
        • Implement strategies that develop students’ discussion skills.
        • Understand the purposes and methods of assessment for improving discussion skills.

        Activities

        • Designing Discussion Plans
        • Planning Workshop #3
        • Snowball Discussion
        • Assessment Tools Walk & Talk
        • Planning Workshop #4
        • Practicing Small Group Discussion
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        Module 6

        Critiquing Discussion Plans

        Learning Objectives

        • Design, implement, and reflect on plans for discussion.

        Activities

        • Planning Workshop #5
        • Critique of Discussion Plans
        • Flowchart Discussion

        Module 7

        Maintaining Community

        Learning Objectives

        • Create an equitable and inclusive classroom climate conducive to high quality discussion.
        • Learn different ways to structure and facilitate discussion.

        Activities

        • Equity & Inclusion Case Study Discussions
        • Recipe Discussion

        Research-based, interactive course taught by K12 expert educators.

        Specialized discussion pedagogy for teachers in grades 6-12

        Taught interactively by expert teachers, The Discussion Project teaches research-based and classroom-proven strategies to improve discussions and help students better learn course content and communication skills.

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        Provide educators with confidence and support to foster and manage classroom discussion in a charged educational environment.

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        Create an equitable and inclusive classroom climate conducive to high quality discussion.

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        Learn different ways to structure and facilitate discussion.

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        Distinguish between discussion and other forms of student talk.

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        Learn to craft questions that foster discussion.

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        Implement strategies that develop students’ discussion skills.

        Specialized discussion pedagogy for teachers in grades 6-12

        Taught interactively by expert educators, The Discussion Project teaches research-based and classroom-proven strategies to improve discussions and help students better learn course content and communication skills.

        N

        Provide educators with confidence and support to foster and manage classroom discussion in a charged educational environment.

        N

        Create an equitable and inclusive classroom climate conducive to high quality discussion.

        N

        Learn different ways to structure and facilitate discussion.

        N

        Distinguish between discussion and other forms of student talk.

        N

        Learn to craft questions that foster discussion.

        N

        Implement strategies that develop students’ discussion skills.

        Research-based, interactive course taught by K12 expert educators.

        TESTIMONIALS

        What our professional learners say

        Susan Gevelber

        Social Studies Teacher (Retired), Madison Metropolitan School District

        “The Discussion Project affirmed the discussion practices I’ve used in my high school classroom for over two decades, but also taught me new techniques that I used right away! While reinforcing that student learning happens during discussion, TDP also helped me fully understand the power of discussion as an equity strategy. Exchanging ideas with like-minded professionals was truly beneficial because I thought about using discussions in non-traditional moments. The workshop also gave me time (and feedback) to improve discussion strategies I already use in my classroom. I loved the instructors’ humor and passion, the hands-on learning, the community connection and the powerful techniques I learned. Thanks for a great professional development experience!”

        Carla Cariño

        Teacher, Denver Public Schools

        The Discussion Project helped me evolve my use of classroom discussion strategies in ways that are more equitable and engaging for students. The training also modeled a variety of uses for discussion ranging from quick check ins to longer, more in depth discussion practices. The benefits of discussion in high school classrooms lead to benefits of other skills like reading, writing, presenting, contributions to the classroom community and more. Thank you for leading this important work for high school teachers.

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