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Imagine (Discussion)

Outline of Classroom - Imagine (Discussion)

  • Overview
  • Choosing a Topic
  • Voicing Opinions
  • Review

Overview

Researching and having discussions are essential steps in learning.

The objectives of having a discussion are:

  • To look at an issue at hand in a different perspective.
  • To encourage students to be confident in speaking.
  • To encourage students to think creatively.

Firstly, the students can form a small group (e.g. 4 - 8 people), to decide on the topic of discussion.

Choosing a Topic

Choosing a relevant topic for your discussion is vital as the topic will be the main theme of the views and opinions to be voiced out.

Some tips on choosing a topic:

  • Ensure that everyone in the group agrees on the topic.
  • Ensure that the topic is interesting and information could be found easily so as to make finding resources more convenient.
  • Do an in-depth research on the topic before the discussion began, to enable you to have more things to talk about during the discussions.

Some tips on choosing a topic:

  • Discuss the effects of the tsunami
  • The great amount of damage that the tsunami caused is due to the lack of warning systems. How far do you agree? Explain.
  • The amount of aid other foreign countries gave was enough. Do you agree? Discuss.
  • Discuss the future measures that can minimise the damage caused by future tsunamis.
  • What measures have your country taken against any natural disaster that might happen to your country. Are these measures enough and effective? Explain.
Voicing Opinions

After a topic is chosen, a chairperson or a leader can be elected to ensure the smooth flow of the discussion.

The chairperson can start the ball rolling by making opening comments and giving suggestions on how the discussion can proceed.

The roles of the chairperson are:

  • To guide the discussion and make sure the flow of thinking does not deviate from the actual topic.
  • Maintaining the discipline and conduct of the students.
  • Ensure that the discussion does not die down

The participants should take part actively in the discussion and contribute in a positive manner. Some tips for the participants:

  • Compare and contrast view points
  • Infer from the topic.
  • Talk about the implications of the topic.
  • Think from a wider perspective. Use your knowledge to argue your point. Provide statistics if necessary.
  • Do not be afraid to speak up.
  • Provide valuable suggestions that are practical.

Review

After the discussion, the chairperson or the participant can sum up the discussion by stating the main points of the discussion and also to do a conclusion of what has been discussed. Point out the strong points and weak points in the discussion.