Formed teams or discussion groups to facilitate learning

Constructing knowledge through interactions with others can be an effective method of learning, and in some disciplines, reflects necessary skills for working with others in the field. 

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Give students a problem or question to solve on their own based on previous class content that has some complexity or ambiguity to it, and allow them a few minutes to do this. Then put them in small groups and have them compare answers and arrive at a single solution for the group. This requires that they discuss the involved concepts, debate the solution or issues, and reach a conclusion. Then, as a class, do the same thing as you have the entire class arrive at a single solution or at least debate which solution is best. Facilitate the class-wide discussion, but do not direct them to the answer. Let them arrive at it on their own--only doing any corrections after the process has ended.

Remember that this is just an example of how to get started
 with this Teaching Method.



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