Series CPS/CERG Civic Discussion Videos: Student Centered Civic Discussion & Deliberation

Student Centered Civic Discussion & Deliberation

Lesson Objective: Students reflect, discuss, and communicate what they have learned about a complex issue they researched through small group and large group collaborative discussions.
Grades 6-12, All Subjects, Civic Engagement

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. What are the features of high-quality discussion and deliberation described in the video?
  2. What can a teacher do to build a safe and productive environment for student-centered discussion and deliberation to be successful?
  3. How does Ms. Nguyen’s Co-Pilot Strategy support all students to be successful in the discussion?

22 Comments

  • Private message to Michael Stires

Being able to have those classroom discussions can be a fear for students due to the possibility of judgement from peers. Making students feel comfortable allows for students to begin trusting their ideas and not hold back during discussion. Being able to engage everyone while still being able to maintain an open mind discussion allows students to be able to express their opinion. Being able to build on discussions is a total trust factor because it allows the students to know that everyone is equal in the classroom. Handing deliberations and discussions to students builds the foundation for constructing a positive learning environment. The teacher did a great job guiding students to bring out their qualities from inside to build confidence among the students. Being able to reverse rolls with students and have them lead creates leadership skills. Great Job!

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  • Private message to Isabelle Foster

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  • Private message to Samuel Young

1. Having a high-quality discussion begins with having trust to put your ideas out in the forefront of the discussion without the fear of ridiculed in front of the class. The deliberation aspect means that you first must distinguish deliberation from debate so you must have an open mind to hear from all sides, and engage with one another.

2. The first thing a teacher must build when dealing with deliberations and discussions is trust. Also assure students that they are equal players in the classroom, by constructing a positive environment. 

3. Ms. Nguyen co-pilot approach not only establishes leadership qualities, but it also uses the students to help build confidence through each other. Everyone gets a turn at being the leader, and everyone gets turns at supporting the leader, with supporting ideas about the issues being discussed. 

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  • Private message to Isabelle Foster

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  • Private message to christina berger

Being a U.S. History teacher, controversial issues pop up regularly. I fully believe in cultivating a safe, honest environment in the class, while supporting every student that speaks.

My opinion on topics is not needed in the classroom, but my leadership is. Having a safe space to be able to speak is extremely important for the success of my class. Not allowing inappropriate comments to linger is also important. 

I like this piolet discussion group because my tables are already organized into groups, so it would work perfectly in my room. It will help students interact with eachother, while still contributing to the discussion. 

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  • Private message to Cade Patterson

It is very important that kids participate in these disscussions in a civil manner and without creating an argument or a fight. Although everyone will not agree completely there is a lot to learn from one another in discussions. In these situations speaking an listening play very important roles.

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