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 and inclusive class discussions.

How do they work?

It’s simple!

Put them up in your classroom as reminders for how best to participate in a classroom discussion.

They work best when…

Before diving into discussion in your classroom it’s important to make sure every student knows the rules. Scaffolding how you want students to participating will help to make sure that every student remembers the 6 Pillars of Discussion and uses them accordingly.

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.

Make sure they’re visible in your classroom. 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.

Simply download, pin up and start discussing!

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Once your students understand the 6 Pillars of Discussion start practicing them in your discussions!