classroom discussion

Classroom Communication

This teaching tip deals with classroom communication.  In Part 1, we look at suggestions for classroom discussion.  In Part 2, we look at suggestions for dealing with an individual student who tries to dominate the discussion.

Part 1: Stimulating class discussion.

Stimulating class discussion

Many of us have attempted to engage our students with course material through discussion, but sometimes we are met with silence, bowed heads, and darting eyes. The problem might be that students are often not prepared to discuss the material because they don’t know how to go about doing so, or are not accustomed to it. Another problem could be that we as teachers are not facilitating class discussions effectively.

Encouraging students to read course material

Students who read assigned course material before coming to class are better prepared to actively participate in discussion on the topic. However, many students do not read before class, if at all. How can we encourage more students to read so that they can be active participants in the classroom? Here are some suggestions:

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