4. As much as possible, let students determine the topics of discussion.

In order to maintain student motivation it is recommended that students have the opportunity to select their own topics. This may be done by directing students to news sites and then having them vote on the topics they would like to discuss. There are a variety of free web-based polling tools 1 that you can use to this end.

Comments: What types of topics do your students choose? How did they go about choosing them?

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  1.  David Byrne, Tuesday, February 28, 2012, “Free Technology for Teachers,” http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/02/11-web-based-polling-and-survey-tools.html#.VUEa4lZ-E3R

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