Series CPS/CERG Civic Discussion Videos: The Importance of High Quality Discussions

The Importance of High Quality Discussions

Lesson Objective: Civic discussion and deliberation leads to improved communication, critical thinking skills, civic knowledge, and a higher chance of future civic engagement
Grades 6-12, All Subjects, Civic Engagement

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. What are the benefits of civic discussion and deliberation for student learning and engagement?
  2. How can civic discussion and deliberation extend and deepen students’ learning?
  3. How can educators make their classrooms productive spaces for students to voice their opinions and perspectives on issues that matter to them?

21 Comments

  • Private message to Christopher Carr

This video is very informative.

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  • Private message to tykejah hall

This Video was very informative !

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  • Private message to Elizabeth Owonikoko

This video is very informative. It is good to engage students in the high-quality discussion either in small groups or large groups. A collaborative class would motivate students and encourage learning than a class where the students are not free to share their ideas. The classroom is a global community with students from various backgrounds with diverse orientations. Allowing students to express themselves allows them to participate and be engaged in the lesson. Teachers should encourage and guide students' collaboration so they can have a high-quality discussion that is meaningful and geared towards learning and discovering something new. Encouraging students to have quality discussions will improve their listening and speaking skills. Engaging students in a high-quality discussion is certainly something I would do always as a teacher.

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  • Private message to Megan Phillips

I absolutely love this. This is what will shape the future is allowing students to hear and discuss their opinions with each other to see the differences and to try and put themselves in each others shoes to really understand where people come from. I also believe if students can learn to express themselves at a younger age they will know better how to address and react to things in their future. Having discussion also means theres no right or wrong answer because theres always going to be a difference in opinion. 

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  • Private message to Michael Burnett
  1. What are the benefits of civic discussion and deliberation for student learning and engagement?
    This helps student develop skills for use outside of school, including respecting others' opinions and how to engage in a meaningful conversation with someone on an opposite point of view.
  2. How can civic discussion and deliberation extend and deepen students’ learning?
    By relating current events that are relevant to the student, they are able to develop research and communication skills, as well as analytical skills of evaluating content and opinions.
  3. How can educators make their classrooms productive spaces for students to voice their opinions and perspectives on issues that matter to them?
    By regularly engaging in conversation without judgement, students are encouraged to speak their opinions.
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