Thursday, April 25, 2013

Seminar: Setting up the Rules

Quick Post! 

The first thing we always do with students before we do anything is set the ground rules, right?. What do we expect of each other?  What is this going to look like, sound like, feel like?

Before you begin having these discussions with your students, you are going to want to set the ground rules.  For many people, it might not look very different than your normal classroom talk so it won't take a lot of time, but for some others; it will be a brand new thing for your students.  So what are the rules of having this type of discussion?

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They are pretty straight forward, but require a lot of practice!  

We spend 1 day thinking and brainstorming what we would expect from each other and going over my expectations for our discussions.  The next day, we tried it on our own, reflected, and talked about what we needed to do better.  We continue to practice each time we do a seminar and keep building on our abilities.  So that's it, the Rules of Seminar! :)

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