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Teacher's Role as Facilitator

Focusing Discussions

Thinking on the Spot

Checking for Understanding

Sample Discussion Plan

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Teaching Guide: Leading Class Discussions

Although our focus is mainly on writing, discussions provide opportunities for students to think critically about the topics on which they will be writing. Discussions also provide grounds for instructors to check students' understanding on course concepts, assignments, and readings. Effective class discussions create a community in which students are willing to share their ideas about writing and to accept constructive criticism from their peers.

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