Leading Classroom Discussions

An Overview

Class discussions provide a framework for students to think critically—out loud—about topics being covered in class. They also provide an opportunity to gauge how well your students are comprehending course concepts, assignments, and outside readings.

Properly facilitated, classroom discussions foster a sense of academic community, one in which students may openly share their thoughts and ideas as well as express, defend and explore differing opinions.

This guide is designed to help you develop strategies for facilitating classroom discussions successfully. In it you will find information on the following:

Leading Classroom Discussions