The Art of Discussion-Based Teaching
Opening Up Conversation in the Classroom
Opening Up the Conversation leads practicing and preservice K-12 teachers through the process of creating more open, student-centered discourse in their classrooms. Readers are first introduced to types of teacher questions, student responses, and teacher follow-up moves that are associated with both open and closed discourse. Author John Henning then helps readers identify the most likely places for open and closed classroom discourse by examining an entire unit of instruction and by looking closely at three distinct types of discussions—framing, conceptual, and application. Readers are introduced to specific discourse moves, the patterns of discussion, the amount of preparation, and the types of accountability strategies needed to construct each of these discussions. The final chapter of the book shows readers how to videotape and analyze their classroom interactions in a teacher study group.
Table of Contents
Part I Classroom Discourse Moves
Chapter 1 Asking Questions
Chapter 2 Student Responses
Chapter 3 Teacher Follow Up Moves
Part II Guiding and Creating Discussions
Chapter 4 Guiding Discussions
Chapter 5 Creating Discussions
Part III Keeping Students Involved
Chapter 6 Building a Climate for Discussion
Chapter 7 Supporting Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
Part IV The "Bowtie"
Chapter 8 The Bow Tie
Chapter 9 Creating the Framing Discussion
Chapter 10 Creating the Conceptual Discussion
Chapter 11 Creating the Application Discussion
Part V Analyzing Discussions
Chapter 12 Collaborating in a Teacher Study Group
John E. Henning is Associate Professsor of Educational Psychology and Foundations at the University of Northern Iowa.