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Community Days of Learning: Building Capacity for Challenging Conversations - 0 views

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    Bryn Mawr hosts an annual "Community Day of Learning", with programming determined in a highly democratic manner across all areas of the college, to discuss issues of equity and inclusion.
Joe Murphy

Tread Carefully with the Socratic Method - 2 views

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    Transparency about your teaching methods may be particularly important when using the Socratic method (or the "semi-Socratic" devil's advocate approach).
Joe Murphy

Ross Louis on the Monument Crisis - 1 views

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    Xavier University of Louisiana uses the "deliberative discussion" framework in a public speaking class to facilitate community conversations about current political issues.
Joe Murphy

Guidelines for Discussing Difficult or Controversial Topics - 1 views

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    A strong set of best practices, both for spontaneous "hot moment" discussions and for ways to plan and structure difficult conversations.
Joe Murphy

The Participation Log: Assessing Students' Classroom Participation - 2 views

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    Classroom participation is difficult to track and assess equitably. Why not have the students contribute regular self-assessment to the process?
Joe Murphy

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies - 0 views

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    Good list of formal practices for classroom discussion which can get students more organized and more broadly participating in class. I was particularly taken with the URL for this page, which calls them "speaking-listening techniques".
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How a Google Spreadsheet Saved My Literature Class - 0 views

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    Fascinating examples of ways that a shared spreadsheet, thrown up on a projector, can be used to manage group work, record ideas from class conversation, and develop arguments and the use of evidence.
Joe Murphy

Introversion and Class Participation: Let's Talk About It - 0 views

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    Some interesting thoughts here about the differences between "shyness" and "introversion", and the way your classroom participation practices can help or hinder students. Also an interesting reflection on participation in the scholarship of teaching and learning, as the author deals with resistance to her original article.
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Learning to Let Go: Listening to Students in Discussion - 0 views

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    This professor commits to listening to students' conversation by appointing himself note-taker, which frees him from the role of "conversation guide".
Joe Murphy

4 techniques for fostering fruitful discussions in your classroom - 0 views

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    Tips from Stephen Brookfield for planning and facilitating excellent classroom discussions.
Joe Murphy

Nine Ways to Improve Class Discussions - 0 views

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    Some excellent tips to think about if your class discussions aren't quite where you want them to be. I was particularly struck by the way some of these tips are relevant for introverts and extroverts (or other groups which might have different approaches to discussion on any given day).
Joe Murphy

Slowing Down: 6 Strategies for Deep Listening - 1 views

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    The Essentials group on Oral Expression made the point that listening is as important as talking for good discussions. Many of the points in this article are no surprise, but the lens that deep listening leads to deep creativity is an interesting one.
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Building a Better Discussion - 0 views

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    Facilitating good discussion is actually really hard work. Perhaps that's why it's so frustrating when a class "just doesn't click." James Lang reviews a new book (and some shorter resources) which helps explain the steps of sparking discussion.
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    Facilitating good discussion is actually really hard work. Perhaps that's why it's so frustrating when a class "just doesn't click." James Lang reviews a new book (and some shorter resources) which helps explain the steps of sparking discussion.
Joe Murphy

Is Your Classroom Like Something of a Bermuda Triangle? Wait It Out - 0 views

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    You say "any questions", 5 seconds of total silence follow... what then?
Joe Murphy

Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement | MindShift - 1 views

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    In a hyperactive age and an academic culture which tends to reward quick thinking, how can we model the process of slowing down to notice details and let ideas form? Most faculty are aware of the importance of not always calling on the most eager students; this article suggests 7 other kinds of pauses which you could introduce in your classes to give students room to mull over the topic.
Joe Murphy

Remote Learning at a Residential College - 0 views

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    Vassar has invigorated its common reading program for first-year students by integrating video mini-lectures and Moodle discussion forums. A more active program seems to be helping the first-year cohort form and introduce the campus culture before students move in.
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Modeling Civility and Use of Evidence in the Classroom - 0 views

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    What exercises do you use to help students develop their abilities to engage points of view with which they may not agree?
Joe Murphy

Answering and Asking Questions - 0 views

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    The examples of student-teacher interaction are particularly good in this white paper. I also liked the discussion about the classroom atmosphere that's encouraged (and discouraged) by handling questions well.
Joe Murphy

Student Participation in the College Classroom: An Extended Multidisciplinary Literatur... - 2 views

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    An extensive review of 51 years of scholarly literature on student participation. Thanks to Michael Levine and Irene Lopez for pointing this out.
Joe Murphy

Class Discussion: Getting Students to Respond to Each Other's Comments - 0 views

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    Concrete suggestions for teaching students how to have a discussion with each other, instead of each student serially talking with the professor.
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