This course describes ways to increase the quality of discussions for students during the Explicit and Reflective Discussion Stage of the Argument-Driven Inquiry instructional model. Success during this stage of the ADI instructional model is based around two key skills - being able to address scientific concepts in a way that will promote student conversation and being able to build off of student ideas during the live discussion. Participants will first look at classroom shifts that will be helpful for this stage of the process. In the next part of the course, participants will learn about the characteristics of an effective Explicit and Reflective Discussion and things to keep in mind when preparing for one. Participants will also learn about a rubric that can be used to analyze the quality of the discussion starters in a presentation, and create and assess a presentation using that rubric to apply their understanding. In the third part of the course, participants will look at setting norms to help promote safety in the classroom and explore questioning techniques that can be used to help them be more responsive and equitable during the class discussion. Finally, participants will analyze videos of teachers implementing the explicit and reflective discussion and reflect on how they can apply what they have learned during this workshop in their own practices.

Course Curriculum

  Course Introduction
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  Module 1 - Why do we do an explicit and reflective discussion?
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  Module 2 - Determining the Topics for the Explicit and Reflective Discussion
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  Module 3 - Preparing for the Explicit and Reflective Discussion
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  Module 4 - Facilitating an Explicit and Reflective Discussion
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  Module 5 - Wrapping it all up!
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Facilitating High Quality Discussions

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