Get Students Debating
Sophie Cooper writes that ‘Debates work well in my American History seminars’. Getting students to debate an issue is a great way to get them engaged with a topic and working with one another. You can ask groups to prepare arguments for or against a proposition in advance, or take a less formal approach and ask them to come up with contributions on the spot.
Glen Jankowski also suggests arranging your seminar into a debate and has written a blogpost about implementing this here.
Although open-ended questions are great, sometimes ‘What do you think’ can feel a bit broad and daunting when students are facing a new topic and don’t quite know the terrain. A debate gives them a slightly more structured way to contribute and to test their ideas.
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