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different approaches you may use for teaching controversial versus noncontroversial subjects. Identify the subjects and provide a specific example of each type of instruction.

  • classroom instruction - , Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 9:50pm

    Exactly what is your question?

  • classroom instruction - , Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 9:50pm

    I taught the noncontroversial subjects as I would math -- with wrong and right answers.

    With controversial subjects, I taught the basics of the different points of view and invited serious class discussions on these subjects. It's important that the students realize that there are no wrong and right answers to controversial topics.

  • classroom instruction updated - , Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:02pm

    Perspectives on controversial topics:
    1. Liberation pedagogy: Teachers should help to develop gcritical
    consciousnessh among students.
    a. Teachers should allow the students to bring their own experiences and
    perspectives to the problems investigated in the class, with the aim of
    having students come to a new understanding of their place in the
    world. On this view, the classroom should not be seen as a world
    separate from wider society, but as enmeshed and invested in the
    problems of the social and political world.
    b. Paulo Freire, The Pedagogy of the Oppressed
    2. Civic humanism: Teachers should prepare students for democratic citizenship.
    a. Teaching should prepare students for the responsibilities of active
    citizenship. Teaching should be concerned, in part, with developing
    moral virtues, such as religious and cultural tolerance, a sense of social
    responsibility, etc.
    b. Derek Bok, Our Underachieving Colleges
    3. Academic detachment: Teachers should academicize.
    a. Rather than discussing head on what should be done, the point of
    academia and teaching is to inquire as to the origins of the controversy
    and the structures of competing arguments. Make controversial topics
    into objects of academic investigation and analysis. gDetach it from
    the context of its real-world urgency, where there is a decision to be
    made, and re-insert it into a context of academic urgency, where there
    is an analysis to be performed.h
    b. Stanley Fish,
    4. Ideological balancing: Teachers (and universities) should balance against the
    liberal academic bias.
    a. Academic freedom is essential to both faculty and students. Due to the
    prevalence of liberal or left-leaning teachers at colleges and
    universities, teachers and students must be vigilant of liberal bias in
    one-sided lectures, unfair grading, etc.
    b. David Horowitz, Students for Academic Freedom (slogan: gYou canft
    get a good education if theyfre only telling you half the story.h)
    Discussion: what are the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches to
    controversial topics? Which do you think is the best way to handle such issues in the
    classroom?
    Strategies for teaching controversial subjects:
    õÎ establish ground rules
    õÎ establish a civil atmosphere in the classroom
    õÎ moderate your own and students' overattachment to ideas and oversensitivity to
    criticism
    õÎ moderate negative thinking and strong emotions
    õÎ keep it tied to the material

    are they talking abiout that or no sorry i am lost

  • classroom instruction - , Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:07pm

    Yes. Those all pertain to teaching controversial subjects.

    Now -- you need to

    1. Choose a controversial subject.
    2. Show how you would use each of the four techniques or methods in teaching that subject in your classroom. Be specific.

  • classroom instruction - , Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:09pm

    i have no idea lol

  • classroom instruction - , Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:17pm

    One of the controversial subjects, especially for younger children, is books about gay and/or lesbian parents raising children. If your elementary students read a book about a child being raised by gay or lesbian parents, how would you handle it in the classroom? Use the guidelines above.

  • classroom instruction - , Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:26pm

    Controversial issues can be about the causes of the present situation, what has happened, the likely effect of action, and desirable ends to work toward. Examples would be evolution and universal health care. Teachers should help to develop “critical consciousness” among the students. Teachers should allow their students to bring their own problems into the class. Strategies for teaching controversial subjects: establish ground rules, establish a civil atmosphere in the classroom, and moderate your own and students' over attachment to ideas and oversensitivity to criticism, moderate negative thinking and strong emotions, keep it tied to the material.

  • classroom instruction - , Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:41pm

    Scooby -- you must learn to think for yourself or you'll be eaten alive in a classroom.

    Write specifically about how YOU would teach a controversial subject in YOUR classroom. Stop copying from your text and start applying what you're learning to the classroom you hope to have some day.

  • classroom instruction - , Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:43pm

    i just want to make sure i am on correct path

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