July 2008

Tips for Top-notch Teaching

Discussing Real-life Situations

When giving students situations like those used in the “Getting Started” section to discuss in small groups, you may want to select the groups yourself to provide some balance. That way you can be sure that most of the students will be in groups where they feel comfortable talking and sharing their views. Before breaking into groups, remind students there are no wrong answers in this type of activity and no one should condemn or shoot down someone else’s response. The goal of the activity is to explore how your students would react if this were a real-life situation. They may not reach a consensus; some students might feel they would react very differently than others in their group would, and it’s OK for this diversity of opinion to be reflected in the group response.