The Teacher's Guide to Leading Student-Centered Discussions : Talking About Texts in the Classroom, Paperback / softback Book

The Teacher's Guide to Leading Student-Centered Discussions : Talking About Texts in the Classroom Paperback / softback


This book is written for those who value collaborative inquiry, open-ended questions, and student-centered classroom discourse.

Leading student-centered discussions is natural for some people and not-so-natural for others.

The teacher's role is more than following a set protocol or asking a series of questions.

Like much of teaching, leading a discussion falls somewhere between science, art, and magic as the facilitator faces a constant stream of decisions based on ever-changing student behavior.

This book is a model for text-based discussions and provides a framework to make decisions that lead to student-centered conversations focused on the understanding of ideas.

The book is divided into three sections. The first is for teachers new to student-centered discussions and describes the "science" of leading a discussion: the basic elements of student-centered, text-based discussions, and how to plan for them.

The second delves into the "art" and "magic" of leading discussions and provides a framework for making decisions during discussions as the conversation develops.

The third section offers a rich collection of strategies for problem-solving when discussions aren't going well and to guide the reader toward continuous improvement of facilitation skills.

The book's decision-making framework stresses safety, authentic participation, challenge, and ownership, all of which will help teachers move from a basic level of understanding of discussion facilitation skills to a deepened understanding of the discussion process and the teacher's role within it.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 136 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Teaching skills & techniques
  • ISBN: 9781412906357

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