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5 Discussion Techniques to Encourage Student Participation

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2. Socratic Discussion

discussion techniquesUsing this method, teachers allow students to lead the discussion and ask questions in an environment that offers an equal level for kids to contribute. This method relies on students asking different types of questions of each other to encourage them to provide evidence to support their claims and explain their reasoning. The Teaching Channel shares a video that provides a glimpse inside Paige Price’s Mountain View, Calif. classroom where students are discussing poetry using discussion techniques based on the Socratic method. The classroom uses a fishbowl structure with an inner and outer circle, in which centrally located students speak, but are paired with a partner on the outside who is taking notes.

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