Check B11: Pairs and groups What are the benefits of classroom discussions for pupils?*Select the correct answer(s) Help pupils to articulate their thoughts more clearly. Beneficial for building vocabulary and aiding social and linguistic development. Helpful as a mechanism for pupils to teach each other new content. Help pupils to better understand what they already know. What strategies can you use to make classroom discussions successful?*Select the correct answer(s) Let pupils have a go and work out how to talk effectively – practice makes perfect! Set clear rules for discussion and communicate these expectations. Monitor the quality of discussions. Decide what the purpose of each discussion is and communicate this to pupils. Which of these are good reasons to get pupils discussing their knowledge in pairs or small groups?*Select the correct answer(s) To find out whether pupils have any misconceptions about the information they’ve been taught. To allow pupils to explore and use knowledge they are comfortable with, and ask each other questions to help further organise knowledge in their mental models. To help pupils verbally articulate their thoughts about content they are familiar with before writing, so that the quality of their writing is improved. To motivate pupils; because pupils like talking to their peers they are likely to stay on task.