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DISCUSSION WORKSHEETS To the Instructor Facilitating class discussions often presents a challenge. I have experimented with various strategies over the years. One that has worked well is the use of “Discussion Worksheets.” I give these worksheets to students before they read an assigned chapter in the book. Each worksheet presents 2- 4 discussion questions that will be raised in the next class session. When the students know the discussion topics in advance, and take notes related to each topic, they are more likely to feel comfortable and confident to join the discussions. I sometimes evaluate the notes with a pass/fail grade depending on the thoughtfulness of the notes, but most often I collect the worksheets at the end of class and use them to check attendance and develop a sense of what the students are thinking as they read the chapters. Sometimes I find that students who are hesitant to talk in class have taken very insightful notes. When I return the worksheets to them, I often encourage them to share their ideas in future class discussions Students may be encouraged to take more comprehensive notes if they know that essay questions for the tests will be taken from the discussion issues on the worksheets. This enables them to save the worksheets and use them to study for tests. If you want to leave discussions more open ended substitute this question for any of the ones I present: Identify a question or issue that you would like to have discussed in the next class session. Present your question/issue in practical or applied terms so it will have meaning for your students. To the Student Classes are more interesting when discussions are lively and deal with topics that you are prepared to discuss. The students in my classes appreciate knowing about class discussion issues in advance so they can take notes related to the issues as they read the chapter that has been assigned. When they bring their notes to class, they find it less intimidating to join the discussion. They use their notes as a guide and they are more likely to participate because they have thought about the discussion questions in advance. I hope you have a similar experience if these worksheets are used in your course.
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Sport in Society: Issues and Controversies Student Discussion Worksheet Name: ________________________________________________Due date: ______________ Reading: Ch. 1, “The Sociology of Sport” 1. In Ch. 1 it was explained that sports are “contested activities” and that people sometimes debate and struggle about "Who will participate in sports and under what conditions will their participation occur?" Identify two issues over which people have debated and struggled when it comes to the meaning and organization of sports. Issue/example #1: Issue/example #2: 2. Street roller hockey is growing in popularity among middle class boys and girls in many suburban communities around the country. Jump rope is growing in popularity among low income, African American girls in many large cities. Which of these two activities is most likely to become a sport according to the criteria and definition outlined in Ch. 1? Give at
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