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
- Figure 2.1: Grade 2 Record-Keeping Chart
- Figure 2.3: Grade 5 Record-Keeping Chart
- Figure 2.4: Grade 8 Record-Keeping Chart
- Chapter 2: Take Action!
- Table 5.1: Questions Students Use to Develop Their Mathematical Thinking Skills
- Table 5.4: Question Prompts for Science Thinking
- Chapter 5: Take Action!
- Figure 6.1: Data-Collection Guide for the Use of Questions
- Figure 6.2: Video Guide for Citing Textual Evidence During a Discussion
- Figure 6.3: Disagreement Video Viewing Guide
- Figure 6.4: Video Viewing Guide for Synthesis
- Figure 6.5: Rubric of Core Skills Used in Discussions
- Chapter 6: Take Action!
- Figure 7.1: Student-Led Discussions Teacher Self-Assessment
- Figure 7.2: Student Survey About Discussions
- Figure 7.3: Student-Led Discussion Framework Classroom Visit Instrument
- Stover, K., & Yearta, L. (2017). From Pencils to Podcasts: Digital Tools for Transforming K–6 Literacy Practices. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.