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Effective Classroom Discussions

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classroom discussion, student discourse, dialogue, student talk, higher order thinking, S20TLCSC2cd
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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element F: Teachers model and promote effective communication.
    • Element E: Teachers provide students with opportunities to work in teams and develop leadership.

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This Educational Leadership article details five guidelines for classroom discussions that "can build students' higher-order thinking skills." The text shares information about "productive classroom discussions—those that enable students to invent, create, imagine, take risks, and dig for deeper meanings—can only take place in a climate in which students feel safe to offer their ideas. Teachers can create such a climate by being mindful of the essential conditions of interactive teaching."

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Wassermann, S. (2010). Effective Classroom Discussions. Educational Leadership,67(5). Retrieved from