Faculty Focus posted an entry to their blog about classroom discussions to address the following scenario:
In the typical college classroom a small handful of students make the vast majority of comments. As a teacher you want to create a classroom environment that helps students of various learning styles and personalities to feel comfortable enough to contribute as well as understand the importance of class preparation and active participation. To reach this goal requires a constant balancing act of encouraging quiet, reflective students to speak up and, occasionally, asking the most active contributors to hold back from commenting in order to give others a chance.
Faculty Focus asked members of its LinkedIn group to post their strategies for engaging students through classroom discussion. They posted some excerpts from their members to the blog.
The full post, with member excerpts, is available here.