Once your classroom discussion is up and running (see earlier posts: Let’s Talk and Facilitating a Discussion) what is shared between your students must be captured. The unfolding views, thoughts and insightful ideas need to be carefully developed, monitored and …recorded!
The key theme for Ofsted, Educational Researchers and lesson observers is proof of student progress. This is more difficult to verify within a discussion. With a usual classroom task students show evidence of learning through Q/A, completion of worksheets or writing an assessment answer – with a discussion this takes on a whole new art form. How do you assess a unique piece of work to see if learning and progress has taken place? Yes you can set an essay after the discussion to assess learning but the beauty of that discussion has finished – those remarks and perceptive comments may now been lost.
So here are a few of my tips to ensure your discussion has purpose:
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