- Hand-raised discussion
This strategy allows students to raise their hands to answer the questions
- Teacher Call Discussion
This strategy allows for everyone to be prepared to answer questions randomly. Always announce this type of discussion so the students know to listen and be prepared. Be careful to ask easy questions for those who struggle.
- Head-to-head Discussion
This strategy allows students to talk with partners to discuss the question the teacher has asked. This is a good strategy to have before the whole group discussion.
- Sticky Note Discussion
This strategy will help you monitor class discussions--making sure everyone participates and nobody dominates.
- Give all students three sticky notes on the front of their desks.
- Each time they make a comment they will move one of the sticky notes to the other side of their desks.
- One comment = one sticky note.
- The rule is that everybody must use at least ONE sticky note, and nobody can use more than THREE.
- The teacher can move around the class and see who has used all their comments and who needs to be encouraged to speak up.
- Consider asking a very open-ended, easy opinion question directly to students who have not commented as the discussion draws to a close.