You are receiving a grade for your contributions to discussions. This is uncomfortable for some of you as
you are naturally quiet, but you need to work on contributing to the discussion.
Here are some pointers to help you receive full credit:
a. If you just sit and listen to the discussion, you have not shown you understood. In a graduate class,
you must do more than be able to understand the article. You need to demonstrate your
understanding. In part, that happens in the discussion.
b. Work to make yourself heard. If you were getting .1 points for each word you spoke, how would you
score? While more words is not always better, you can't get a grade without any. It is important that
you be heard.
c. I realize that when I control the discussion, you are at a disadvantage. I ask you about some obscure
part of the article that you didn't understand. Of course, it would be wonderful if you understand
everything perfectly. However, if you control the discussion you will be less likely to be asked about
parts you hadn't thought about. Come to class prepared to direct the discussion. What was
interesting? Were the results valid? What assumptions did they make? Think of topics that will