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Seed discussion

The method provides a help for students to hold their own discussions when reading text/reviewing course material or lecture notes.

How does it work?

  1. Divide the students in groups of four. Each student reads through the text and marks one important thing ("seed") they want to discuss further with a sticky note. Begin the discussion by introducing one seed. Have all other students say something about the seed before the next seed is introduced.
  2. Beforehand within groups: Define what may constitute a seed (for instance, information you don't understand; things that seem interesting or surprising; topics you want to know more about; things that remind me of other things I know; etc.
  3. Provide roles to each group member:
    • Leader - responsible for calling on each person to share their discussion seed
    • Manager - makes sure everybody has material for the discussion (books, notes, sticky notes)
    • Checker - makes sure everybody in the group comments on each seed
    • Communicator - lets the SI-PASS Leader know when the discussion is complete.

References and Further Reading:

  • S Vallaume, , T Worden, S Williams, L Hopkins & C Rosenblatt (1994). Five teachers in search of a discussion. The Reading Teacher, 47, 480-487
  • Santa C.M., Havens, L.T. & Valdes B.J., (2004). Project Criss - Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies. Helping teachers teach and learners learn. Third Edition. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. Dubuque, Iowa