All Ages Group Discussions?

Discussion in 'Public Resources' started by Jeane, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Jeane

    Jeane EdChat™ Nomad

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    The whole point of teaching by the end of a lesson is that students should have learned whatever it is they were being taught. Effective teaching demands that students should, by the end of the lesson, have understood and can apply what they've learned.

    While most teachers make lesson plans with well-defined objectives, often, many fail to accomplish the goals they set. I believe that though time constraints might make it impossible to teach the same thing over and over until everyone in class has "learned" what they were being taught, one should try to get other students involved in the process.

    One teacher I know encourages students to form discussion groups. The students who learn faster get to help those who are a little bit slower. This seems to work well enough because students are bound to be more open with their peers, admit they haven't understood something.

    Using reports provided by group leaders, the teacher will use that information to determine whether they should change strategies to ensure students actually understand what they are being taught.

    Your thoughts on group discussions as a way to get students to learn whatever they may not have understood?
     
  2. Corzhens

    Corzhens EdChat™ M.Ed

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    The group discussion that I think is most effective is the sort of competition in making a debate out of a topic. When 2 groups are in opposing ideas then a lively discussion will ensue especially if the topic is a controversial one like politics or religion. But for a healthy argument maybe things about the school can be the center point of group discussions like what does the school need most – library, gym, etc. That can spark a multiple debate between several groups.
     
  3. Jelineex

    Jelineex EdChat™ Esquire

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    Group discussion is a good activity. It will help develop and encourage every student to contribute thoughts on a certain topic. Expressing and exchanging of ideas will result into an effective and efficient discussion. I also agree on friends here that this also serve or measures whether the topic is fully understood. It also enhance self confidence and trust among others.
     
  4. Angara

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    Group discussions are great. Students would engage actively and also those who fear public speaking would speak out in the discussions. Giving everyone a chance to speak out will make sure the discussion is healthy and everyone's views are taken in account. The topic of discussion should also be neutral and not related to any sensitive topics. I am sure group discussions will bring out the best out of students and this activity should be encouraged in every school.
     
  5. Chang Bringas

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    This is always fun to do in history and literature classes. Students can see how their peers view different events in history and integrate those views into their own. And if a fistfight happens because of those views, well, they're just reenacting history.
     
  6. Al Paolo De Castro

    Al Paolo De Castro EdChat™ Nomad

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    Group discussions work as a focus group, it's way to share opinion and knowledge on a certain topic. It's also a way to build camaraderie and bonding, it's also challenged and spark brainstorm to resolve certain issues and/or problems.
     
  7. Rathiel

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    Group discussions are fantastic! This helps children open up, as well as encourage their skills in debating and critical thinking. It's often better to have someone to bounce ideas around between different people in order to get different perspectives. It would show how thinking processes are different and how it's possible to reach certain conclusions if one were to be open to listening to others.
     
  8. Tehilah27

    Tehilah27 EdChat™ Esquire

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    I have always held that students who participate in class will retain more of the lesson than students who are not involved. Group discussions are great and will help students open up to give their own views on a topic. Introverted students would be able to join in without being overly nervous. When students who have no idea about a subject matter hear what others have to say, they will be able to form ideas and voice them and once it has been voiced, it will be retained in their memory.
     
  9. Grace Terrado

    Grace Terrado EdChat™ Esquire

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    Its always fun having a group discussion in school. Just like when a teacher gives an activity, its always enjoying and you will learn how to mingle with your other classmates
     
  10. pamz bembi

    pamz bembi EdChat™ Esquire

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    I think group discussion is good other than they will learn together, they are able to know each other and bond together, other than that they are able to speak up their mind, because some student are quite scared opening up a question to their teacher, while in a group discussion it is easier to open up or speak up because they are also your classmates, although they may not give a better explanation other than a teacher.
    [DOUBLEPOST=1583212518][/DOUBLEPOST]I forgot, these will also help boost the confidence of the one who will be discussing in the group discussion. it is also a good training before you can discuss in a bigger crowd. group discussion also builds up team able to trust one another by listening to them while they are discussing.
     
  11. Corzhens

    Corzhens EdChat™ M.Ed

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    This is a story about a debate in a class with students who are not good in English. The teacher's motive was to encourage the students to talk regardless of the wrong grammar. And you know what happened? The class of 1 hour was full of laughter because of the wrong English that the students were using. But the teacher was successful because the students were motivated to recite and to debate with each other.
     

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