Guidelines for In-Class Discussions
The guidelines below are designed to make the in-class discussions more informative and fun:
1. Only one person speaks at the same time (no shouting matches).
If you want to speak, first raise your hand. You can speak as soon as
you get the go-ahead from the moderator. You stop speaking as soon as
the moderator indicates it is somebody else's turn.
3. Try to avoid fallacies.
4. Always be respectful.
The in-class discussion exercises usually follows the same general procedure:
1. The exercise starts by forming teams, each dedicated to a particular (often opposite) viewpoint.
2. Each team gets some time to prepare for the discussion.
3. The discussion lasts until no new points emerge or until one team is completely stuck.
The teams retreat and consider ways to make their arguments stronger,
possibly helped by their "seconds" (i.e., students who were assigned to
the team but whose function is to monitor the debate and assist
with new ideas and strategies).
5. After the interim, the discussion starts again. It ends when no new points emerge or until one team is completely stuck.
6. The moderator closes the debate and summarizes what went well and what could be improved.