4 Ways to Deepen Discussion

Today’s post is a teaching tip that comes from the book Discussion As A Way of Teaching. If you use discussion as a teaching method (and I’m assuming all of you do!), then here are several ways for you to boost discussion:

  1. Buzz Groups – these are small 2 or 3 person groups that you can be assigned a question to discuss. You decide if they report back to the larger group.
  2. Pair & Share – place people in two-person groups and ask them to discuss their responses to a question or a scenario you’ve chosen in order to guide their thinking toward the topic you’re addressing.
  3. Circular response – each group member in turn responds to a question, adding their comments and insights. Everyone participates. To maximize this, ask an open-ended question. To maximize it even more, make sure the question has no wrong answer; do this by calling for people to share a story or an opinion. For example, “When have you seen a person make lemonade from sour circumstances”?
  4. Sentence completion – to jumpstart discussion, read a prepared sentence that is not a complete sentence – group members must complete it using their own words.

There are many other ways to use jumpstart discussion, but before you go seeking those, try some of the ones listed above and see how they encourage your people to speak up in your group Bible study.


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