Have students build on one another’s answers during class discussion rather than starting their answers from scratch to keep them engaged throughout the discussion.

  • This discussion model keeps students engaged because they must pay attention to other students’ answers in case you call on them.
  • When one student provides an incomplete answer, other students will often just start over and answer the question in a new way.
    • Instead, instruct the second student to work from the first student’s response and build off of it.
  • If the first student’s response was incorrect, have a student explain why the first response wasn’t correct.
    • Students can even try to work with the incorrect answer to spin it in a direction that enables them to build it towards a correct answer.
  • You can model this behavior by showing how you could build upon a student’s answer.

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