One of the greatest problems I have personally found, from an attempt years ago, to bring in the then topical subject of weapons of mass destruction into our classroom - the war in Iraq was gearing up - was that politics can be a very dangerous and difficult discussion.
However, does it pay to always avoid the difficult?
Do you believe that everything we read, write, watch or hear in the media is always true? Have we ever been lied to or misled by those in positions of political authority?
We know the answers to these questions lie in layers of greyness, layers which are often unpercievable by second language learners - yet how often do we challenge our students to think about these issues?
Should we be teaching our students to think critically about the materials/opinions/news items we bring in to class with us? That they bring in?
What has been your experience - how have you handled critical thinking in your dogme classrooms?
The Blog Posts Challenge #9
This is a critical update by Diarmuid Fogarty
Critical Thinking, we aim at it by Sabrina de Vita
Thinking in a crisis by Candy von Ost
A reflection on teaching critical thinking by Tyson Seburn
- 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
- Challenge #4 (Materials light) + list of responding blogs
- Challenge #5 (Learners' voice) + list of responding blogs
- Challenge #6 (Myth 1 - NNEST vs NEST) + list of responding blogs
- Challenge #7 (Myth 2 - Technology, none?) + list of responding blogs
- Challenge #8 (Too difficult to dogme) + list of responding blogs
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):
- 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