Many facilitators stop with 10-15 minutes remaining in class in order to reflect on how the seminar went, usually measured against a rubric or some other set of goals. This usually involves going around the circle and having students take turns sharing what worked and what didn’t work, or “popcorn style,” where students share out as they have something to contribute. Students could also be selected randomly (for example, using dice or popsicle sticks), especially when there is limited time remaining in class.
A typical debrief can be done orally or in writing with questions such as: “What did we do well today?” and “What do we need to improve on next time?” This often involves going around the circle and asking each participant for a pro or con. Students can be asked to journal about individual or group goals with reflective questions, such as:
• How was your participation?
• How well did we stay focused?
• Did we improve on not interrupting each other?
• Did you achieve your goal?
• Were you able to share everything you wanted to say?
• What should we focus on for next seminar?
• Should we continue this text next class, or are we done with it?
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