Friday, September 16, 2011

Generate a debate and a class survey


Generate a debate and a class survey

A new tool that I just became acquainted could be used for a start of the year activity. This is http://tricider.com/ - the name is a morph of DECIDER, to illustrate the three steps in reaching decisions: propose a solution, debate the pros and cons, then vote on the solution.

Again, such a tool is open to your imagination.
  • One idea appropriate at the start of the year, is to highlight some classroom management issues, such as "What should the teacher do when a student misses the deadline for an assignment", and see what sort of solutions the students propose, and what they vote for.
  • This is a great way to inculcate a culture of critical thinking in the class, and if it works well at the start, then you would be able to use it at relevant points during the course. This is particularly good for controversial topics where students may have strong feelings, or current affairs topics that are of interest to the students and can be used to highlight language points under study.

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