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  • Thinking on the Spot
    Two Goal Three Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Thinking on the Spot Thinking on the spot may be the most challenging part of running a discussion You are reflecting on what you ve already done connecting threads of an earlier discussion to what you d like to accomplish addressing students concerns validating their comments and pretending to act like your normal happy self Since it is the nature of teaching

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/discussions/spot.cfm (2015-10-15)
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  • Be Prepared
    WTL Thinking on the Spot Be Prepared Plan Ahead Learn to Stall Be Honest Don t Fear Silence Rephrase Questions Checking for Understanding Avoid Yes No Students Own Words Students Reflect Using Quizzes Sample Discussion Plan Goal One Transition Goal Two Goal Three Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Be Prepared Be well prepared Have examples ready for any new concept you re introducing to limit the amount of thinking on

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/discussions/prepare.cfm (2015-10-15)
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  • Plan Ahead
    Questions Stay on Topic Encourage Student Focus Focus with WTL Thinking on the Spot Be Prepared Plan Ahead Learn to Stall Be Honest Don t Fear Silence Rephrase Questions Checking for Understanding Avoid Yes No Students Own Words Students Reflect Using Quizzes Sample Discussion Plan Goal One Transition Goal Two Goal Three Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Plan Ahead Plan introductions transitions discussion questions and conclusions before class Tweet HELP

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/discussions/plan1.cfm (2015-10-15)
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  • Learn to Stall
    Be Prepared Plan Ahead Learn to Stall Be Honest Don t Fear Silence Rephrase Questions Checking for Understanding Avoid Yes No Students Own Words Students Reflect Using Quizzes Sample Discussion Plan Goal One Transition Goal Two Goal Three Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Learn to Stall Learn to buy yourself time If a student asks a question that you missed or cannot immediately answer stall a bit by asking that

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/discussions/time.cfm (2015-10-15)
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  • Don't Fear Silence
    Own Words Students Reflect Using Quizzes Sample Discussion Plan Goal One Transition Goal Two Goal Three Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Don t Fear Silence Get used to dead air Many instructors fear silence All those eyes looking at you Waiting Waiting But there s nothing wrong with dead air Give yourself time to think before responding fifteen seconds usually works It might feel like a lifetime but students will

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  • Checking for Students' Understanding
    Sample Discussion Plan Goal One Transition Goal Two Goal Three Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Checking for Students Understanding Checking for students understanding of important ideas and concepts helps instructors gauge what students are getting and what they need to work on more It also provides useful feedback to help you plan ways to better meet your students needs Instructors who check for understanding usually feel more connected to their

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/discussions/checking.cfm (2015-10-15)
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  • Avoid Yes/No Questions
    Goal One Transition Goal Two Goal Three Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Avoid Yes No Questions Avoid yes no questions and phrases like Does this make sense In response to these questions students usually answer yes So of course it s surprising when several students later admit that they re lost To help students grasp ideas in class ask pointed questions that require students to use their own prior knowledge

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  • Students' Own Words
    Focus with WTL Thinking on the Spot Be Prepared Plan Ahead Learn to Stall Be Honest Don t Fear Silence Rephrase Questions Checking for Understanding Avoid Yes No Students Own Words Students Reflect Using Quizzes Sample Discussion Plan Goal One Transition Goal Two Goal Three Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Students Own Words examples If you d like to check all students understanding have students write a summary of the

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/discussions/words.cfm (2015-10-15)
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