Could you come up with 18 group discussion habits to improve discussion in your classroom? That’s exactly what teachers at Uncommon Schools and Northstar Academies set out to do.

Traditional group discussion can fall flat and in the era of technology-everything, students can easily become distracted and disengaged with conversation.  That’s where Tracy Dann comes in. Tracy came up with an especially creative way to model rhetoric skills for her students. “Explaining a skill in rhetoric is never as effective as modeling the skill directly for students,” Tracy said in a recent post on her blog, “The Hitchhikers Guide to Student Teaching.” Tracy continued, “For several months I have looked for a way to model the skills students need to add rigor to group discussion,” and that, “Flipgrid was used with a group of teachers as an ice-breaking activity at the Summer Institute on Digital Literacy conference held at the University of Rhode Island this summer. Intrigued, I decided to create a Flipgrid discussion about Flipgrid. Then I added a Jedi.”

This is where the fun comes in. Tracy worked with her son, a Jedi, to create a grid that explains and walks viewers through the 18 healthy group discussion habits. To take a peek at the grid, click here. To read Tracy’s entire blog post, click here.

Thanks to Tracy for sharing this awesome idea for using Flipgrid!

How to add rigor to group discussion

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