A Modern Framework for Meaningful Student-Led Discussion
Built for traditional and virtual Humanities classrooms
It’s time for discussion routines that connect us deeply,
Great humanities teachers cherish the practice of student-led discussion. Yet, it’s hard to do in-person, harder online… and more important than ever. R.E.A.L.® is a system for making classroom discussion equitable, relevant, and rigorous.
This summer, join humanities teaching colleagues in conversation about discussion.
Explore the art, science, and impact of student-led discussion. Learn how to adapt R.E.A.L.® for your subject matter, teaching style, and school context.
Asynchronous and synchronous formats available.
We hope you’ll join us.
The Story Behind R.E.A.L.
- In 2020, the work of student-led discussion matters more than ever. Our students crave deep connection with each other and are primed to find meaning in our content. The current reality of more time on screens has rendered traditional discussion skills less intuitive and more valuable – both in the present, as a stay against feelings of loneliness and isolation, and in the future, as a marketable skill. Even amidst what feels like unprecedented uncertainty, adolescents are still just trying to grow up, feeling around for their place in the world. As ever, our syllabi stand ready to help students encounter and process big questions and, perhaps, to offer much-needed comfort through the patterns of history and people of literature.
- Right now, student-led discussion is also more difficult to do well. As our operating context evolves daily – are we meeting in-person or online? on a regular or modified schedule? do we address the day’s headlines or try not to? — there is less literally less time and shared space to “feel it out.” Now is the moment for routines that can reliably connect us, wherever we are, in deep discussion. It’s time to build shared language so we can talk about the art, science, and impact of great classroom conversation. It’s time to approach Discussion as a Discipline with a mastery model. Enter R.E.A.L.®
- Experience teaching middle school Humanities and high school English
- Fellowships at Klingenstein Center, The Athena Project, Shady Hill Teacher Training Course, Exeter Humanities Institute
- Education: A.B. Harvard College (History & Literature), M.S.Ed University of Pennsylvania, additional graduate work at Lesley and HGSE
- Grateful for: friends and family who tolerate my weird obsession with conversation patterns
- Excited about: helping Gen-Z experience the art, science, and impact of great discussions
- Unsolicited Confession: I’m burned out by Zoom, too. Join me anyway! We are in this together, for the kids.