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Speaking, Listening & Group Work

Encourage More Independent Pupil Discussion

  1. Strategy Overview
    Strategy Source
    Doug Lemov

    What is this strategy about?
    Complete this CPD unit to encourage more independent pupil discussion in the classroom.

    Why is classroom discussion important?

    Discussion allows learners to exchange ideas and learn from each other as students express their ideas in a way other students will be able to understand. When pupils discuss their thoughts, they get different perspectives on the topic which allows them to understand the subject better.

    Why is it important to let discussions be independent?
    As a teacher, you guide and mould the learning of your students to lead them to mastery. However, you should give students the responsibility for their learning through discussion and participation. By encouraging independent discussion you can allow students to share their understanding with peers.

    Click here to find out how to Set Ground Rules for Discussion.
  2. Choose this strategy if you want to...
    - Allow pupils to take ownership over discussions
    - Avoid teacher intervention to stop off-task discussions
    - Help pupils work independently for longer periods of time
    - Build participation over a period of time

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