Posted by scooby on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:58pm.
Teachers do need to establish ground rules about discussion: students should learn to listen politely to each other, and to agree to differ on occasion. Teachers can model calm and polite behavior, without giving in to irrationality. It is important to make clear to children the nature of evidence, what counts as evidence, and how evidence helps us to understand nature. It is equally important not to be contemptuous or dismissive of deeply held beliefs. It is important that students understand what scientific method is and how it differs from taking authority as one’s source of knowledge.
In Science lessons, it is important to be clear and confident about what is “controversial” among scientists and what is not. For example, the fact that life on Earth evolved is not controversial amongst biologists, though they may differ about time scales, the origins of life and the processes driving change.
In Science lessons it is reasonable to ask for reasons and evidence for any hypothesis put forward, and to differentiate between strong and weak evidence.
classroom instruction - Ms. Sue, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 11:04pm
This is interesting, but it does not meet the requirements of the assignment you posted earlier.
You can do better. Think about what YOU will do in YOUR classroom.
classroom instruction - scooby, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 11:08pm
do u have a site for example? i can look at
classroom instruction - Ms. Sue, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 11:15pm
No. And I'm not going to look. Presumably you spent 12 years in school classrooms. You want to be a teacher. Put your experience and ideals to work and create your own lessons that meet the requirements of this assignment.
classroom instruction - scooby, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 11:20pm
crtical thinking, interpersonal skills, preparing students for their roles as citizens in a pluralistic democracy,
classroom instruction - Ms. Sue, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 11:26pm
This is your original assignment. Just do it!
Identify the subjects and provide a specific example of each type of instruction.
classroom instruction - scooby, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 11:37pm
The teaching of controversial issues is also proposed as a means to develop students' critical thinking. Through discussion of controversial issues, students develop cognitive skills, such as constructing hypotheses and collecting and evaluating evidence. They also gain insights from sharing information with their peers.
As students participate in discussions, they also develop important attitudes and communication skills, such as listening carefully, responding empathetically, speaking persuasively, and cooperating readily, with others in a group. Well-managed discussions also promote tolerance of diverse viewpoints on any single issue.
Do. Not. Plagiarize. - Writeacher, Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 8:57am
Controversial Issues in the Classroom. ERIC Digest.
Through discussion of controversial issues, students develop cognitive skills, such as constructing hypotheses and collecting and evaluating evidence. ...
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