This was a companion to the discussions webinar on 10/19/2011. In this four page handout we spell out the five design criteria needed for rich discussions. On the second page teachers will find a sample list of “rules” for civil discussion that can be distributed or posted during classroom discussions. We introduce two additional spin-offs of discussion groups with Talk-it-Outs and Fishbowl Discussions on page three. The last page offers a template for teachers who would like to score discussions inside their class.
We encourage teachers to learn more about discussion strategies by watching this video. You can also learn about all of TCI’s powerful strategies by purchasing our strategies books Bring Learning Alive (secondary) or Social Studies Alive (elementary). Lastly, we’d like to invite you to try exciting materials made with these strategies at the core by testing out TCI in your classroom. You can sign up for a free, 30-day trial.