After participating in this session, you will be able to:
Determine ways to make both large- and small-group discussions an important part of your literature instruction.
Develop ways to help your students become more effective in discussion groups.
When training students in effective discussion strategies, introduce one new strategy at a time, and remember Jonathan Holden's advice to use "baby steps" when first exposing students to classroom discussion.
Identify role(s) you feel comfortable in during group discussions.
Identify ways you might help your students become more independent in their discussions.
Be realistic about your initial expectations for implementing student-centered discussions in your class, and patient when doing so.