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Deep Discourse

A Framework for Cultivating Student-Led Discussions

When educators provide explicit instruction, guidance, and feedback to students and let them steer the dialogue, students develop essential critical-thinking, problem-solving, and self-directed learning skills. This book details a framework for implementing student-led classroom discussions that improve student learning, motivation, and engagement across all levels and subject areas. The text features tools, tips, and exercises, plus unrehearsed videos of student-led classroom discussions.

  • Implement the student-led discussion framework and measure progress with the rubric for student-led discussions.
  • Watch videos of real discussions among K–12 students and convey how educators and administrators can best prompt students to engage in their own productive conversations.
  • Explore questions for stimulating students’ critical thinking in multiple subject areas.
  • Examine students’ thoughts about being involved in their own student-led discussions.
  • Follow “Take Action” prompts to exercise newly acquired knowledge.
  • Access free reproducible versions of tools and rubrics featured in the book.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Articulating the Need for Student-Led Discussions
Chapter 2: Establishing a Discussion Framework for Student Success
Chapter 3: Beginning the Journey
Chapter 4: Experimenting With Different Discussion Formats and Strategies
Chapter 5: Using Discussion in Different Content Areas
Chapter 6: Getting to Deep Discourse
Chapter 7: Pulling It All Together: Tools and Tips


Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7

    Suggested Resources

    • Stover, K., & Yearta, L. (2017). From Pencils to Podcasts: Digital Tools for Transforming K–6 Literacy Practices. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.