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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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Considering Your Role as Facilitator

Your role as facilitator will vary depending on the type of discussion you are having. If you are discussing an assigned reading, the conversation may feel more student-centered than if you are introducing a new concept or a new assignment. The role you assume will shape the kinds of strategies you use during discussions. Still, many instructors find that some discussion strategies can be applied to various teaching situations. Consider the strategies below and determine which will work best for you.