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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 41

Single Word Sum-Ups

This gets everyone participating in discussion without making extended comments. It also tests for understanding and demonstrates the possibility of multiple interpretations.

Purposes

  • To express an idea or make a point concisely
  • To give everyone a chance to speak briefly
  • To identify patterns and themes of summary words and dig deeper into these
  • To use selected summary words to start subsequent conversation

How It Works

  • A presentation, video, or discussion on a concept, theory, idea, or technique takes place for ten to fifteen minutes.
  • Each member then writes down on a notecard the single word he or she thinks best sums up the content explored so far.
  • The large group forms a circle and each person, in ...

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