History and Government: What are some of the considerations to be made by the teacher in the discussion method?

CHAPTER TWO

2d iv). Explain some of the considerations to be made by the teacher in the discussion method.

The teacher should:

  • Act as a leader and initiator of the discussion and should maintain class control.
  • Be a guide and a facilitator of the discussion.
  • First present the topic of the discussion
  • Make seating arrangement such as circle/round the table pattern which is more suitable for discussion.
  • Encourage students especially the shy one in participate.
  • Appreciate whatever effort is made by students without embarrassing, pressurizing or ridiculing them. J,
  • Provide explanations where necessary,
  • Clarify doubts/mistakes and misinterpretation.
  • Encourage cooperation and team spirit among group members,
  • Limit the discussion to a few major facets of Hit! topic.
  • Design the discussion so as to fit into the time available.
  • Evaluate and summarize the main points of Hit- discussion
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