Basic 3 sets of important skills 

This PPT contains one slide each for 3 sets of important know-hows:

1) core skills of academic conversation;

2) asking thought-provoking questions;

3) building positive norms

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Advanced 5 sets of important skills 

This “Advanced” PPT contains a set of slides for each of five important know-hows:

1) Core skills for academic conversation;

2) asking thought-provoking questions;

3) building positive norms;

4) generating your own discussion topics; and 5) perspective taking.

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Tip Sheet for Questioning and Discussion Skills

This tip sheet can be used in the classroom to help students generate their own questions and appropriately employ discussion skills to participate in academic discussion. Topics in the tip sheet includes-

  • Four Rules for Producing your Own Questions

  • Question Stems for Guided Reciprocal Peer Questioning

  • Positive Norms for Controversial Conversation

  • Academic Discussion Perspective Taking

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Class Activity: Counting Table

This is a mindful academic conversation activity that can be easily employed to count how many times someone from different discussion groups use academic discussion skills.

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Class Activity: Discussion Script Worksheet

This class activity aims to enhance students' ability to identify good and bad academic discussion, and explore what attributes to them. 

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