Group Work and Group Discussions

Management in the Active Classroom

Structures, protocols, modeling, and guidance build students' collaboration and discussion skills.


- Today we’re gonna work in partners and you’re gonna choose your partner and what are some things that we should remember when we’re choosing a good partner? Maybe Marta?

- Don’t choose a partner that you always choose the same partner...

- [Narrator] Students will not necessarily work effectively in groups unless they have learned and practiced how to work well together.

- Let’s remember our good habits of conversation. We look each other in the eye. What else, what else do we do?

- [Narrator] It is important to have norms for communication that foster respect and shared voices.

- Look at our anchor chart, remember how we talk in our discussions, everyone has a chance to speak, we’re taking turns.

- [Narrator] Norms that are reviewed and discussed regularly.

- But what are some of the norms and practices we have in these discussions? What should we remember?

- Challenge or build off points instead of...

- [Narrator] Students also need guidance on how to have effective discussions using academic language, evidence based claims, and thoughtful analysis.

- These are the things that you guys said were criteria for strong evidence, and this one over here were some strategies that we came up for finding good evidence.

- Model reader? Go ahead Anisa.

- Listen to all voices, be sure to speak clearly...

- [Narrator] Discussion protocols can help students by giving clear roles and guidelines for the conversation and work.

- Alright, and facilitator, what’s your responsibility?

- The facilitator’s responsible for driving the dialogue of the inner circle...

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