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Teaching Excellence Program

Student-Guided Discussions

Date: 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT October 8, 2019 Location: J.R. Howard Hall 302

J.R. Howard Hall 302

Professor of Philosophy Becko Copenhaver will lead the next lunch discussion about developing a comprehensive structure for student-guided discussion.

Becko’s method involves dividing students into three groups and assigning to each group a well-defined task: Discussion Coordination, Discussion Questions, or Textual Resources. The groups rotate through these roles, and as they assume a different role in each class period, they practice and acquire the skills associated with each task. You can follow the links below for a description of the overall method, and of each of the three tasks.

  1. Description of Becko’s Student-Guided Discussion Method
  2. Discussion Coordination
  3. Discussion Questions
  4. Textual Resources

Here are some questions to consider in advance of next Tuesday’s lunch: 

  • What kinds of student-led activities have you tried in your classes?
  • How might student-led discussions enhance students’ learning in ways that faculty-led discussions cannot?
  • What are potential drawbacks of asking students to take the lead in class? How can those drawbacks be addressed?
  • What questions do you have for Becko related to her student-led discussion method?

All TEP Pedagogy Lunches last about an hour and meet in the conference room in JR Howard Hall 302 (unless stated otherwise). You are welcome to bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea, and cookies are provided.  

Although an RSVP is not required, a rough headcount would be helpful. If you plan to attend the TEP lunch, please RSVP below or email

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