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Group Discussions and Class Talks: Rules and Expectations

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In This Video on Group Discussion Rules

Rose and Patty are organizing a surprise party for their friend, the narwhal. However, the penguins are causing too much noise and nothing is getting done! Rose teaches the penguins ground rules for group discussion, but will the party be planned in time?

Ground Rules for Discussion

There are some classroom discussion rules that can help children effectively discuss. Class discussion rules should focus on taking turns, speaking, and listening. Read on to learn more about classroom rules during class discussion!

Taking Turns

To take your turn, quietly and politely raise your hand and wait your turn. Taking turns also means you are being polite and respectful to people, because you are giving them a chance to be heard!

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Speaking

When speaking, you should face your audience and speak clearly, so they can hear you and think about what you are sharing. That way, whoever is listening to you can hear what thoughts you are sharing with the group.

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Listening

To listen well, you should keep your eyes on the speaker and think about their thoughts and opinions! Doing this also shows the speaker that you respect what they have to say, and that always feels good.

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Rules for Classroom Discussion - Review

Rules for discussion in the classroom should be centered around:

  • Taking turns
  • Speaking
  • Listening

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Transcript Group Discussions and Class Talks: Rules and Expectations

Party planning isn't going well at all today, because the penguins are talking over each other! "Rose, you know what to do!" "Oh yes, I do!" "If we are going to plan this party, we need some rules and expectations!" Rose is going teach us all about group discussions and class talks: Rules and expectations. Rules and expectations are important because they allow for everyone to be heard and helps create a respectful area to talk. When we have group discussions and class talks there needs to be rules and expectations around, taking turns, speaking, and listening. Let's look at taking turns first. What does taking turns look like? To take your turn, quietly and politely raise your hand and wait your turn. Taking turns also means you are being polite and respectful to people, because you are giving them a chance to be heard! "Now that we know how to take turns. Let's try it!" "You have to quietly and patiently wait your turn and pay attention to others who are speaking while you wait your turn." "When it's your turn, you can share your thinking." Now the penguins have done a fantastic job of showing how to take turns, let's take a look at speaking! In group discussions and class talks a rule or expectation is also needed for speaking. When speaking, you should face your audience and speak clearly, so they can hear you and think about what you are sharing. "That way, whoever is listening to you can hear what thoughts you are sharing with the group." "I have some thoughts on how to properly plan this party, and I think we first need to blow up the balloons!" "See penguins, that is how we should speak clearly in our discussions and talks." And finally, we should also have rules and expectations around listening. Listening is very important because good listeners are able to add to the discussion, or ask thoughtful questions. To listen well, you should keep your eyes on the speaker and think about their thoughts and opinion! Doing this also shows the speaker that you respect what they have to say, and that always feels good. "And by listening carefully, you know that this is a surprise party for Mr. Narwhal, so make sure to keep it a secret!" "Does not find out about what?" "The party, of course!" Before we see exactly how the party planning turned out, let's review! Remember, rules and expectations are needed around taking turns, speaking, and listening! To take a turn, you can quietly and politely raise your hand and wait your turn. When speaking, you should face your audience and speak clearly, so they can hear you and think about what you are sharing. To listen well, you should keep your eyes on the speaker and think about their thoughts and opinion! It looks like all these rules and expectations for the party planning discussion really helped out! "Surprise Mr. Narwhal!" "Great job, Rose. You know you can do anything!"