Let’s Discuss! Making Discussion Meaningful and Engaging


Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Science Center 418d

What makes for an effective discussion in your discipline? How do you balance your goals for the session with student questions and interests? How do you navigate challenges, such as a conflict or tangent you’re not sure will pay off? Join us for a discussion of these and other questions about how to make discussion more meaningful and engaging. We’ll play (literally!) with the various moves people make in discussing, while asking ourselves how we can introduce students to the idea that discussion, like writing, is a learned skill. We’ll offer strategies for encouraging participation from all corners of the room, and we’ll think about ways to meet teaching goals while preserving spontaneity and organic interaction. New and experienced TFs are welcome.

Register here.

This workshop is a part of Winter Teaching Week- a series of intensive workshops offered during J-Term in conjunction with January@GSASfor graduate student teachers at every stage, from just starting out to looking toward the job market.

Led by Lauren Davidson, Assistant Director of the Learning Lab, Derek Bok Center