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Jennifer Cronin (firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon Mar 12 2001 - 14:31:00 EST
Next message: Hall, Georgia: "RE: [Teacher-talkinquiry] management of group discussions"
I loved the group discussion ideas, especially the fist and fingers idea. My team-teacher and I like to use cards with each student's name on them. We shuffle in the morning, and run through the random stack, calling on whomever's name we draw. If they don't have an idea or answer, they may pass, but know that their name goes back into the stack, so
they will be called on again shortly. This sometimes motivates those who need a gentle nudge to focus and get those creative juices flowing.
"Stine, Annette" wrote:
> My group liked the ideas presented on tape 2 about managing group
> discussions. We shared other methods we have used to ensure that everyone
> in the class gets an equal opportunity to talk. One member told how she
> uses popsicle sticks to see who is dominating a group discussion. Every
> time a student gives an answer or makes a comment, he takes a stick from the
> pile in the middle. At the end, you have a concrete picture of which
> students were contributing to or dominating the discussion. Another
> suggestion was to get students to participate by telling why they agree with
> someone else's answer if they couldn't come up with their own idea.
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