About this Course
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This course offers strategies that can lead to richer, more productive, whole-class discussions in their classrooms. Focusing on how to prepare for discussion, this course is for anyone who leads, wants to lead, or is interested in how teachers lead discussion. Across the 4 sessions in this course, we’ll learn more about what teachers and students need to do to prepare for rich discussions, including understanding: 1. What is (and isn't) discussion, and why discussion is important 2. How teachers set goals for discussion, and establish explicit norms that support these objectives 3. How teachers select texts and prepare text-based questions to guide the conversation 4. How teachers – based on these goals, norms, texts, and questions – then prepare students for the whole-class discussion The course consists of short videos interspersed with various thinking tasks—such as reflecting on videos of classroom discussions in action, and designing and receiving peer feedback on aspects of a Discussion Plan, a plan for a discussion you’ll lead in your own classroom....
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Suggested: 3-4 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week

Approx. 10 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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3 hours to complete

What is discussion? Why discuss?

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Reading
6 videos (Total 22 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Whole Class Discussion Video2m
Why discuss?3m
Debriefing the Non-example3m
Classroom Discussion Example3m
Into, Through, and Beyond5m
Reading4 readings
Your first task10m
Tell us about you!10m
Whole Class Discussion Non-Example10m
Classroom Discussion Example Preview10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Whole Class Discussion Example Review2m
Classroom Discussion Example Review2m

2

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Setting Goals and Establishing Norms for Discussion

Setting Goals and Establishing Norms for Discussion...
Reading
8 videos (Total 28 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
Video8 videos
A class discussion about the House on Mango Street5m
Determining your discussion goals4m
Setting Norms for Discussion4m
Classroom Norm-Settingm
Debriefing Lily's Norms1m
Goal-Specific Norm Setting5m
Debriefing the Goal-Specific Norm Setting Video1m
Reading4 readings
What to consider when watching The House on Mango Street discussion10m
Beginning your Discussion Plan Template10m
Instructions for the Classroom Norm-Setting Video10m
Instructions for the Goal-Setting Norms Video10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
The House on Mango Street class discussion4m
Post Classroom Norm-Setting Video4m
Goal-Specific Norm Setting Video Review4m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Preparing a Text for Discussion

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Reading
2 videos (Total 12 min), 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Developing Questions6m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Levels of Questioning4m

4

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Preparing Students for Discussion

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Reading
8 videos (Total 24 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
Discussion Preparation Example5m
De-briefing the Classroom Example2m
Small Group Discussion as Preparation Example3m
De-briefing Yvonne's Discussion Preparations1m
Example of Partner Talk as Preparation3m
Debriefing the Partner Talk as Discussion Preparation Example1m
Closing Video1m
Reading3 readings
Preparing for the Classroom Video10m
Preparing for the Example of Partner Talk as Preparation10m
Thank you! (Survey Link)10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Post-Example Questions4m
Post-Example Questions4m
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Top Reviews

By MHOct 29th 2017

inspiring, well-structured course with excellent resources

Instructors

Pam Grossman

Dean and George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education
Graduate School of Education

Lisa M. Barker

Assistant Professor
Towson University

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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