Checklist: Leading a discussion
- Decided how to set up a classroom atmosphere that will foster discussion?
- Informed students about the discussion ahead of time?
- Discussed the benefits of discussion with the students?
- Thought about what the students should achieve because of the discussion?
- Created both low-level questions (questions that will require students to recall facts) and high-level questions (questions that will require students to understand, analyze, and apply information) based on what you want students to achieve?
- Decided in what order you will ask the questions?
- Thought about what you might do when students don’t respond to your questions? Have you prepared them for what you might do when they don’t respond?
- Considered giving students 3 – 5 minutes of “thinking/writing time” on the topic, prior to the discussion?
- Considered how you will draw the discussion to a close and wrap it up?
- Considered how you will use the discussion in upcoming classes?
- Planned to do a self- reflection afterward?
For further explanation of some of these points, see the section “Leading a discussion.”