Reflection: Trust and Respect Setting up Rules for Discussions - Section 4: Creating Norms for Discussions


Norms.   That's been the buzz word around my district.  It seems like every meeting starts with generating norms like turn your cell phone off, limit side conversations, and other such things. 


Students, unlike adults, sometimes have no idea how to behave during a discussion.  Some students love to argue and won't back down.  They often have the loudest, most active voices, and it can be hard for students inexperienced with discussions to handle those students. This discussion, therefore, allows the students to articulate the difference between a discussion and a debate. It allows the entire class to see that very few want a true debate, and that most want a genuine discussion. 


This was definitely time worth spent, and I'm sure we'll revisit the concept of what makes a discussion genuine, thought-provoking, stimulating, rigorous, and relevant. 

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  Trust and Respect: Creating Classroom Norms
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Setting up Rules for Discussions

Unit 5: Developing Critical Thinking with Shared Inquiry and Socratic Circles
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: Students will be able to create norms for a class discussion by identifying common parts of discussions and debates, and writing questions that they wish to promote during the discussion.

Big Idea: Components of an effective class discussion--parking, pruning, and promoting.

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