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What to do?
We will spend about six days in class preparing for this project:
* We will finish learning about how to lead a discussion on Friday. The first student-led discussion will begin on the following Wednesday. Choose your topic early because you may be the first person to lead a discussion. The order of the discussions will be determined at random by picking numbers out of a hat.
Who to work with?
For this project you may work alone or with a partner. The choice is yours to make. However, let me caution you that if you work with a partner both partners will get the same grade. This means that if one partner seems to be unprepared I will take points away from both people. So, unless you choose a really reliable partner you may end up doing all the work yourself or getting a bad grade. Therefore, you might want to work alone.
Why we're doing this?
Leading a discussion is something that you will probably be required to do in most U.S. undergraduate and graduate programs. Good discussion-leading skills are extremely valuable at the university and within the work place. Furthermore, this project will require you to learn how to present and discuss a topic in a coherent, interesting way while improving your speaking ability and that of your classmates.
Note to each of you:
It is in your best interest to actively participate in discussions led by your classmates. Help support the discussion leader because very soon you will be that leader. Furthermore, I will take off points from anyone who is absent during the presentations. I know you are all good students so I probably don't need to mention this any further.
While working on this project you may want to refer to the following websites in order to do your research:
If you want to see some samples of discussion presentations, then click on one of the links below...