Build teams, make better decisions, energize groups, and think out of the box Do you need a resource that you can pull out of your pocket to liven up meetings, trainings, professional development, and teaching? The fifty easily applied techniques in this timely manual spur creativity, stimulate energy, keep groups focused, and increase participation. Whether you're teaching classes, facilitating employee training, leading organizational or community meetings, furthering staff and professional development, guiding town halls, or working with congregations, The Discussion Book is your go-to guide for improving any group process. Each of the concrete techniques and exercises is clearly described with guidance on selection and implementation, as well as advice on which pitfalls to avoid.
All of the techniques: * Offer new ways to engage people and energize groups * Get employees, students, colleagues, constituents, and community members to participate more fully in deliberative decision-making * Encourage creativity and openness to new perspectives * Increase collaboration and build cohesive teams * Keep groups focused on important topics and hard-to-address issues Derived from the authors' decades of experience using these exercises with schools, colleges, corporations, the military, social movements, health care organizations, prisons, unions, non-profits, and elsewhere, The Discussion Book will help you guide discussions that matter.
STEPHEN D. BROOKFIELD is the John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of numerous books including The Skillful Teacher, Teaching for Critical Thinking, and Powerful Techniques for Teaching Adults, from Jossey-Bass. STEPHEN PRESKILL is professor emeritus at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. He is the author, with Stephen Brookfield, of Discussion as a Way of Teaching and Learning as a Way of Leading, both from Jossey-Bass.
Preface User Guide Acknowledgments The Authors Introduction 1 Circle of Voices 2 Chalk Talk 3 Circular Response 4 Newsprint Dialogue 5 Today s Meet 6 Giving Appreciation: The Appreciative Pause Sticky Note Plaudit 7 Rotating Stations 8 Snowballing 9 Conversational Moves 10 Critical Incident Questionnaire (CIQ) 11 Strategic Questioning 12 Open-ended Questions 13 Nominating Questions 14 If You Could Only Ask One Question 15 On-the-Spot Questions and Topics 16 What Do You Think? 17 Clearness Committee 18 Team Modeling 19 Question Brainstorm 20 Narrative Listening and Questioning 21 Participation Rubric 22 Critical Conversation Protocol 23 What Are You Hearing? 24 Understanding Check 25 Stand Where You Stand 26 Think-Pair-Share 27 Drawing Discussion 28 Musicalizing Discussion 29 Structured Silence 30 Writing Discussion 31 Quick Writes 32 Cocktail Party 33 Bohmian Dialogue 34 Methodological Belief 35 Justifiable Pressure 36 Hatful of Quotes 37 Quotes to Affirm and Challenge 38 Jigsaw 39 Titling the Text 40 Critical Debate 41 Single Word Sum-Ups 42 Setting Ground Rules 43 Canvassing for Common Ground 44 Dramatizing Discussion 45 Deliberative Polling 46 Participatory Decision Making 47 Mutual Invitation 48 The Three-Person Rule 49 Conversational Roles 50 Facilitator Summary Bibliography Index