posted by sally on .
I need please, how can I find the different approaches you can use for teaching
controversial versus noncontroversial subjects.
What is controversial in Mississippi maybe passe in California. YOu really have to define the terms controversial, and categorize them by type. And, as I mentioned, the approaches will vary by geographical and ethnic area. What I recommend is use the experienced teacher near you to guide you, don't ignore what they have learned over the years on approaches. You may want to videotape one of them on the subject, if it is in the curriculum.
I always began work on a controversial subject by stating that the topic had many points of view. Then I would ask them to work in groups to outline as many different views on that topic as they could think of. Then each group would report and we would put them on the board. Then we would choose the 5 most prevalent views and put them on pieces of paper and let each group draw one out of a hat. That would be the groups research assignment. Then each group would have a day to make a presentation on that point of view.
We would talk in class about how "points of view" are publicized, work in some study of fallacious argument. The trick is never for you, the teacher, to skew the topic in any way.