I love hate…. um…. have a complicated relationship with class discussions. I love the idea of whole groups of children talking about ideas, developing relationships and argument skills. I hate… No, I really HATE when I have a group of kids who just won’t talk to me.
So, what do you do when you have 31 teenagers staring at you? I can wait a long time but so can they. I can threaten them with a writing assignment…. but I really don’t like doing that either. Today my plan was to force them into small groups and then share with all of us. I hope they grow into whole group, but I can live with small groups, too….
Any ideas for making middle schoolers more comfortable with a big group setting? Should I force it? What are your thoughts? Thanks!