Instructional discussion is a teaching method used in many classrooms across grade levels. In fact, the Common Core State Standards promote the use of instructional discussion in secondary classrooms (Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2018a). Students, however, are not always taught best practices for engaging in a discussion and may feel unprepared to participate. As a result, discussions may not produce the dynamic learning opportunity they are intended to foster. This essay provides 10 tips for high school teachers to prepare students in the high school classroom to engage in a meaningful classroom discussion effectively in order to ensure students are learning and are engaged in a productive manner while meeting the demands of the Common Core Standards.
Stengel, M., Nolan, L., Donnick, D., Skym, W., & Wright, A. M. (2019). Best practices for teaching discussion as part of high school common core state standards. Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2, 111-118. https://doi.org/10.31446/JCP.2019.20