Low-stakes discussion activities that make getting started easy.
Discussion activities don’t need to be tricky!
It’s as easy as finding a fun low-stakes discussion topic that will get your students actively engaging in the conversation.
Simple topics that the students can reflect on from life experience, accompanied by open-ended questions is the fastest way to ensure that students will actively participate, share their ideas, and collaborate with their classmates.
The 3 golden rules for interesting discussion activities:
- Relevancy to the student’s lives
- An interesting and dynamic variety of resources
- Open-ended questions
Personalization leaves room for the student to bring their opinions, experiences and ideas to the table about different topics that they are familiar or unfamiliar with.
Here’s how you can make the introduction to daily discussion activities an effortless undertaking.
Our top introductory discussion activities.
Introduction to a subject
For a fast introduction to different subjects, look through our Getting Started Collection. This collection helps students gain context on why we study different subjects.
Simple open-ended questions about a subject or topic can help you find out what your students already know about it, and gives students an opportunity to start building connections from their life to the topic.
These topics will give your students the opportunity to share their personal opinions and experiences.
Creative writing prompts are a great way to make discussion activities less about opinions and more about sharing unique ideas. These prompts are low-stakes and make the process of sharing fun and exciting for students.
Discussions for teachers (PD)
We haven’t forgotten about you. Discussion activities aren’t just for students, Parlay can also be used for professional development.
In the Parlay Universe, we have a collection of Professional Development discussions that will give you and your fellow teachers an opportunity to discuss new teaching methods and learn new skills together.
We hope these discussion starters are a launchpad for your students to get comfortable with in-class discussions. If you’re looking for a particular discussion that isn’t in the Parlay Universe reach out to us by sending us a message over Intercom.
For more information on how to create great discussion questions read the following:
If you have any of these discussions with your students (or with your fellow teachers) we’d love to hear how they go. Feel free to share with us on our Twitter with the hashtag #parlayideas or @parlayideas. Or join us on Instagram @parlayideas.
We can’t wait to hear or see the amazing and thoughtful ideas that come from your low-stakes discussion activities.