The reading has been assigned. You have prepared the questions, in advance. As you ask them, you are met by blank stares. This week on Teaching in Higher Ed: How to get students to participate in discussion with Dr. Stephen Brookfield.
My guest this week is Dr. Stephen Brookfield. His career has spanned decades, with a focus on helping those of us in higher ed more effective at facilitating learning.
His band: The 99ers
Playing music… brings a completely different part of your being into existence. I love that I have this very visceral and emotional side, right front and center in my life, which is a nice contrast to the cognitive element of thinking about teaching.
Definition of terms
It isn't people talking. You can actually have silent techniques, like when you use the chalk talk technique.
When a majority of learners are involved in exploring some topic that is of mutual concern to them. In exploring that topic, they're trying to gauge its multiple shades… by taking into account other people's views on it…
Teaching with discussion
Creating the conditions under which that kind of “to and fro”ing can take place.
Techniques for engaging with discussion
Allows for thinking time
50 Great Ways to Get People Talking (coming in 2015)
Critical incident questionnaire (been using it for 22 years now: out of thousands of responses – “We really appreciate when you tell us why we're doing what we're doing.”)
Modeling discussion when teaching
Google voice + hangouts (Bonni)
“Try to find some way of researching how your students are experiencing your teaching.” (Stephen)
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