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World Cafe Discussion Method


The World Café Discussion Method is a flexible format for hosting large group discussions. It includes a rundown of the five basic components in the model:

  1. Setting: create an environment modeled after a cafe with approximately 4 chairs at each table
  2. Welcome and Introduction: The host should start off by making everyone feel comfortable
  3. Small group rounds: Multiple rounds of discussion of about 20 minutes each
  4. Questions: Each round should start with a specially crafted question
  5. Harvest: Individuals are invited to share insights with the whole class from the small group discussions

Key Points

  • The World Cafe Discussion Method is a great small group methodology
  • Making students feel welcomed and comfortable is key to active participation in small groups
  • Giving individuals the opportunity to share insights with the whole class will help nurture greater learning and invovlement

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