The 6 Pillars of Discussion

Use the Pillars of Discussion to guide class conversations!

What are the 6 Pillars of Discussion?

The 6 Pillars of Discussion are the most basic and formative rules for participating in a class discussion that is respectful, inclusive and open-minded. They open the door to more meaningful class discussions where everyone feels their voice and opinion are valued.

How do they work?

It’s simple!

Download the file, print out the posters and put them up in your classroom as reminders for how best to participate in a classroom discussion.

They work best when…

  1. Before diving into a class discussion it’s important to make sure every student knows the rules. Scaffolding how you want students to participate will help to make sure that every student remembers the 6 pillars and uses them accordingly. Tip: get students involved in practicing the rules by brainstorming as a class examples of what each rule might look like in practice.
  2. In the beginning before every discussion, you can refer to the 6 pillars for a helpful reminder to students about what they should be thinking about when they participate.
  3. Make sure they’re visible to your class. That way your students will always remember how to treat others during class discussions, whether it’s online or face-to-face.

These 6 principles will make having class discussions easier and teach your students the skills they need to openly collaborate, positively communicate and actively learn from their peers.

Remind students that these values apply both to face-to-face discussions as well as online discussions. #digcit #digitalcitizenship

Simply download, pin-up and enjoy thoughtful discussions!

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Once your students understand the 6 Pillars of Discussion have discussions to practice using the values.

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