Hello! I have some ideas/questions regarding class discussions and wanted some input from you experienced teachers-I'm a first year teacher . Although there will be things that I definitely want to discuss in regard to short stories/novels, etc., I want to be able to work out a fair way for the students to be able to have some choice in discussion topics. I was thinking of telling them ahead of time to write down one or two things they want to discuss on a slip of paper-they would have time to think out what they feel is important/puzzling/interesting,etc.- the next class I could randomly draw out the topics (I would give them fair warning that I reserve the right to modify the "topic" as needed-if it is too general or something). I am hoping this is a good way to address the questions of all the students, especially for the ones that need to think a little before speaking-they will have had time to think about their questions at least. Has anyone done this, and does it work? My second question is about timing topics-would it be advisable, in some cases, to put a limit on the amount of time we would discuss a certain topic before moving on to the next one-say five minutes per topic? I realize that some topics will require more time, but I guess I'm trying to figure out a way to make every voice heard-and my periods are only 48 minutes! If anyone has used these strategies, or has another strategy that works well, I would love to hear about it. BTW-I teach 9th and 10th grade English. Thanks!!