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Break Out of the Comfort Zone: Facilitating Successful Breakout Sessions

If you have attended a professional conference, then you have likely experienced or are familiar with breakout sessions. These typically short workshops occur in a space separate from and smaller than that of the keynote presentation and allow attendees to dive deeper into a topic than they could as a large group. You may have noticed that attendees in these sessions (yourself included) were more likely to share their thoughts, ideas, and questions. That has certainly been my experience. But breakout sessions needn’t only benefit those attending professional conferences. When used in the classroom, they can engage your students as well.

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