Roughly half of my assignments are discussion questions.
Discussion questions are a simple way to collect student reflections.
Questions assignments are also really easy to grade!
It is important to set some basic expectations and ground rules to help your students understand your expectations.
These are the discussion guidelines I shared with my students.
Before your first discussion assignment, consider your grading criteria:
Now that you have your grading criteria figured out, it’s time to share your discussion guidelines with your students.
Don’t assume that your students know how to successfully participate in a discussion assignment.
Without some basic instruction and training, your first discussion will be a disaster (believe me, I have personal experience!).
I wrote up a pretty detailed set of guidelines for my online discussions. I share these online discussion guidelines with my students the first time we do a class discussion and spend time explaining my expectations.
Here are my discussion guidelines for students:
The guidelines above are pretty detailed.
I include an abbreviated version of these expectations in each of the discussion prompts I post to Google Classroom.
Here’s what that looks like
Keeping the key requirements in front of students increases the likelihood that they will follow the guidelines and provides a clear signpost that I can point to when students miss the mark.
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