9226. SET -No More Waiting in Silence: Methods for an Engaged Classroom Discussion

DateSeptember 17, 2013Time2:30 - 3:30 pm
LocationJones Library-Creekmore
DescriptionAudience: Faculty/Staff, Teachers of Record, Graduate Students

Presenter-Sarah Walden (Baylor Interdisciplinary Core)

Audience - Faculty and Teachers of Record

We have all experienced it: We ask a question and immediately a silence drops over our students. They avert their eyes and become fascinated by the graffiti etched in their desktops. We wait. And we wait. For every one person who mercifully breaks the silence, four others ask, "Is this going to be on the test?" This session will examine various methods of incorporating discussion into a variety of teaching activities: course prep, lectures, group work, note-taking, even assessment techniques such as quizzes, exams, and writing assignments. Since the best discussions require a strong classroom community, we will begin by practicing community-building methods and move off to discuss their continued utility over the course of the semester. We will also discuss how to prepare for and structure a discussion to ensure that students learn the appropriate material while still feeling free to share their spontaneous thoughts. Finally, we will engage in troubleshooting: how to deal with the shy student, the student who dominates discussion, the antagonistic student, and others. From the get-to-know-you exercises on the first day of class to the final exam review, this session will help us consider how all of our classroom activities can bolster discussion and foster classroom community and engaged learning.Read More »
PublisherTraining & Development
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