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3 Ways Classroom Discussions Help With Teacher Burnout

We know that teaching is particularly challenging right now and that many teachers are relying on back-to-basics approaches for instruction. Classroom discussions cover multiple instructional bases, which is why they are a great tool to use when you’re approaching teacher burnout.

Classroom discussions…

  • Highlight student voice
  • Teach important 21st Century skills to prepare students for the future
  • Build relationships and contribute to a positive classroom climate
  • Create a space for students to practice creative and critical thinking

We do know that facilitating regular classroom discussions can be difficult for teachers, which is why we created Parlay! Our goal is to make it easier for teachers to track, assess, and facilitate classroom discussions. 

3 ways to use Parlay discussions to address teacher burnout: 

1. Assign a pre-made written discussion from the Universe using the Online RoundTable 

Didn’t have time to write your lesson plan? Sometimes we just need a period for asynchronous work so that we can catch up on our teacher to-do list. 

The Universe is filled with a variety of discussion topics and subject areas that you can assign for asynchronous work that is both engaging and meaningful.

View Ready Made Discussion Topics in the Universe

Need more than one period covered? You can adjust the close date of the Online RoundTable so that the students can have multiple days to work on the same discussion. Parlay tracks all of the data for you so you can complete assessment and feedback at your own pace.

2. Easily Manage a Verbal Discussion with a Live RoundTable

We understand that sometimes classroom discussions can become chaotic. To combat this, our Live RoundTable is organized with a queuing system so that teachers can focus their attention on the discussion and not on the behaviour.

We have created a collection of easy, low-stakes discussion prompts for quick classroom community building. When introducing the Live RoundTable to your class, we always recommend using an easy prompt that every student can tap in to. 

As your students become more comfortable with it, you can begin experimenting with more challenging discussions.

3. Assign a Student Moderator for the Live RoundTable 

Assigning student moderators allows you to take a step back while your students practice their leadership skills. 

Click on the student’s name and locate the “assign as moderator” button. 

The student will be able to move their peers from the queue and nudge them during the discussion. As a teacher, you will still have access to all of the engagement tracking (e.g., tap in, build on, question,  and challenge) and student notes. 

We are here to help you! Simply reach out to us if you have any questions, just click the smiley face in the bottom right hand corner. We look forward to hearing from you! Or find us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for more discussion-based tips.