Through discussion, learners can engage in verbal rehearsal, helping them to embed key knowledge in their long-term memory at the same time as they develop their understanding of what they think about the topic at issue.
Mike is the author of the highly regarded book, How to Use Discussion in the Classroom: The Complete Guide. He is also the creator of the Discussion Toolkit, a free teacher resource (available on this website and via tes.com), that has been viewed and downloaded more than 140,000 times by teachers in the UK and around the world.
When Mike runs discussion training, the focus of all sessions is highly practical. Teachers who take part get an opportunity to trial a wide range of discussion activities and techniques. Not only does this make for a series of fun and engaging training sessions, but it also helps teachers to experience discussion from the learner’s perspective. This is a crucial aspect of discussion training, as it lets teachers see first-hand the power discussion has, when used well, to support learning and enhance students’ knowledge and understanding.