This experimental “mini book group” addresses how teachers and students can help create a classroom atmosphere that generates fruitful discussions. In preparation, participants will read Chapter 7, “What Does Learning Sound Like?” from Syllabus: The Remarkable, Unremarkable Document That Changes Everything by William Germano and Kit Nicholls. The authors explore the goals of class discussion and what role teachers should ideally play in guiding and grading discussions. Of particular note is their metaphor that portrays class discussion as a musical improvisation between students in which the professor takes on the role of the ever-humble (but foundationally important) bass player. The LTC Student Fellows will join this reading/discussion group to share their impressions of the reading and their own experiences with learning via discussion. We will use Hypothes.is in Moodle to share comments and annotations on the reading in advance of the session.
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