Encouraging Classroom Debate
A high school teacher shares advice on guiding classroom conversations about controversial issues
Molly Dill, a twelfth grade economics and government teacher at The Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, Massachusetts, has advice for leading classrooms discussions on controversial topics.
It's important to stay focused on the content, she says. She tells students, there's nothing wrong with expressing emotion — but "let's make sure that it is not anger or sarcasm that is targeted toward the people you are talking to," she says. "And I make sure that students are using evidence."
We Want to Hear from You
Our country is polarized: How is that showing up in your school? What are you doing to protect students, confront discrimination, prevent bullying, and foster inclusion? Usable Knowledge would like to hear from you. Join us on Facebook and Twitter, using #OneAllHGSE. Send your advice and resources to email@example.com, and we’ll share as much as we can. Read more at One and All.