What does an effective whole-class discussion look like?

06/25/2013 | Edutopia.org

It can be easy for teachers to confuse whole-class discussions -- which are part of the Common Core State Standards -- with recitation, writes Todd Finley, associate professor of English education. In this blog post, he offers various resources and tips for teachers seeking to make the most of whole-class discussions. Tips include distributing opportunities to talk, varying questions and encouraging students to justify their responses. It is also recommended that teachers avoid trick questions and sarcasm.

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