We've prepare these 5 quick tips to help you get the most out of your class discussions when using the Live RoundTable.
New to the Live RoundTable?
Tip 1: If it's a big class, split up the discussion. Have 50% of students speak and the others type notes and observations for X minutes, then switch. This gives you the benefit of smaller discussions, whilst keeping everyone else listening and engaged. Post-discussion there will be some awesome notes for everyone to see.
Tip 2: Assign "Scribes" for the discussion. These students are responsible for documenting the main ideas, so the transcript is a meaningful summary of the discussion.
Tip 3: If you want them to feel the pressure a little bit, put the discussion tracker (your screen) up on the projector. They will watch you click on the speaker, leave notes and assign points. An English Lit teacher at one of our partner schools once tried this and said "the quality of the discussion went from high school to university level immediately." This approach really drives accountability.
Tip 4: This one is very Harkness Table-esque. Ask 3-4 students to prepare discussion questions ahead of time. Split the conversation into as many parts. Adjust the "Current Topic" to match each new question and help keep the conversation focused.
Tip 5: Slow down the pace and use Parlay for student presentations. Ask each student to prepare a short presentation and use the Live RoundTable module tool to engage the audience, and provide that student with constructive feedback.
Hope this helps! Drop us a line if you have any questions.
The Parlay Team