Dogme is about teaching
Luke Meddings & Scott Thornbury, Teaching Unplugged, Delta Teacher Development Series, 2009.
What does it mean to us as teachers to go into a classroom materials-light?
Where should all these light materials magically come from?
What do you think that Paulo Freire meant when he said that liberating education consists of acts of cognition, not transferrals of information? Does going in light, as opposed to heavy, change this? And, what in your opinion, might teaching materials-heavy look like?
How could teachers approach teaching with coursebooks dogmeicly*?
In Meeting of Minds, Stuart McNaughton challenges us with the idea of 'a curriculum that promotes only segmented, isolated, and elemental learning tasks reduces the students' degree of learning (including incedental learning) and also their preparedness for future learning.' Have you seen this? Felt it? How do your students cope when the real-life need to speak in English crops up in their lives: can textbooks ever prepare them adequately for these experiences? Can being light?
Thinking about your colleagues and staffrooms along with your classrooms - do you think it is the teachers or students who favour most grammar based curriculums? For either, why? Do we need to unlearn them?
The Blog Posts Challenge #4
- Willy C Cardoso A boring pub conversation
- David Deubel A boring library conversation
- Diarmuid Fogarty Accidental Death of a dogmeist
- James Taylor, How I accidentally started my teaching unplugged
- Emma Herrod, All aboard, the board-work train (as part of Jason's whiteboard challenge)
- Candy Von Ost, What's in the bottle? Think of a scotch
- Mike Harrison, Materials Light
- Dave Dodgson Video blog post: Not to be taken lightly
- Tara Benwell Hocus Pocus, Materials Light Focus
- David Warr Sense and memorability
- Nick Jaworski The Heart of Dogme
- Sabrina de Vita Everybody can paint!
- Vicky Loras Business English in Switzerland!
- Cecilia Coelho Light Coke and Learning
- Where I stand on dogme by Natasa Grojic (also #4+#5)
- Challenge #1 (Co-construction) + the list of responding blogs
- Challenge #2 (It's emergent?) + list of responding blogs
- Challenge #3 (Scaffolding) + list of responding blogs
Since its inception, Dogme has had the reputation of being a movement whose goal it is, if not actually to burn coursebooks, at least to banish them from the classroom, along with any other materials and technological aids that teachers now take for granted. But it is worth emphasising at this point that a Dogme approach is not anti-materials nor anti-technology per se. What it rejects are those kinds of materials and aids that don't conform with the principles of Dogme. (Meddings L. & Thornbury S., Teaching Unplugged, 2009)
Video with Scott Thornbury:
What is all this about?
The Dogme Blog Challenge + links to the blogs discussing Dogme
The dogma of Dogme - background info & links
Dogme ELT - other stuff I've written on Dogme
How to share on Twitter: use the #dogmeme hashtag
How to share your fellow teachers' blog posts with each other? Add/link to the blog(s) written on the subject on your post so they form a ring and your readers can travel on from post to post!
How to respond?
Comment below with short thoughts
Go to your nearest yahoo!group and share your opinions
with like-minded teaching colleagues
Write a list or tell a story,
compare lessons: dogme and non-dogme,
relate an experience, a contrary opinion,
quote research, your own theory,
submit mere musings, rant...
share an idea, a paragraph, a dictionary's definition
a beautiful photograph,come up with a clever sentence,
an article or draft the bones of an essay,
share examples from your own classroom experience...
In short, be dogmeic: personalize your response!)
Important URLs to quote/link to in your post (if necessary):
- Dogme myths
- Teaching Unplugged: http://www.deltapublishing.co.uk/titles/methodology/teaching-unplugged
- Scott Thornbury's website + articles: http://www.thornburyscott.com/
- Scott Thornbury's blog: http://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/
- Luke Meddings' blog: http://lukemeddings.wordpress.com/
- Luke Meddings' on the Delta blog: http://www.deltapublishing.co.uk/author/luke-meddings
- Dogme ELT in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogme_language_teaching
disclaimer: dogmeic and dogmeicly aren't words. I made them up.