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LAE 6389 Practice Teaching Literature

Class 10: Problems and Pitfalls

    Showalter, chaps. 9-10 (course docs)
    McKeachie, chaps. 12 (cultural diversity) and 13 (challenges)

    Post #5 Group A/ Response Group B

Class Objectives:

    Discuss how we handle difficult situations in the classroom
    Discussion how we teach difficult texts in the classroom
    Student Presentation: 2 Teaching with Technology: Megan and Heather, Anne and Micah

    Student Presentation: 2 Syllabus Check: EJ, Shauna Maragh

Notes and Discussion Questions:

    Showalter, Teaching Dangerous Subjects (Chapter 9)

    Evaluate the information in a report on suicide in college students from The National Mental Health Organization. I have downloaded the report to our Bb documents.

    USF Counseling Center has produced a document to aid you in helping a student in distress. This is also in our course documents.

    What sorts of experiences with "dangerous subjects" have you had and how have they played out in the classroom? Do Showalter's suggestions seem helpful? Can we do better in providing suggestions for handling dangerous subjects in the classroom?

    Discuss your experience with the use of so-called "trigger warnings" on your syllabus. Pros and cons?

    Teaching Literature in Dark Times (Chapter 10)

    Showalter identifies two types of crisis you will meet as a professor, the personal or private crisis of your own and the public or shared crisis. Evaluate some of the professors' responses to crisis in this section. What is your reaction to these stories?

    How might teaching literature be different from other disciplines in times of crisis? What opportunities might it offer? What limitations or disappointments might it yield?

    McKeachie, chaps. 12-13

    At USF student diversity is fairly high. After reading chapter 12 on Teaching Culturally Diverse students, what cultural conflicts or confusions might you expect to encounter as a teacher? How might your own cultural identity affect the dynamic of the classroom? What might help?

    What, if anything, did you learn about culturally diverse populations in this chapter and how might it be useful to you?

    Are there any ethnic or "diverse" populations left out of this particular discussion? What can you add?

    What is the very first thing every teacher should consider when encountering a problem in the classroom?

    How would you describe McKeachie's philosophy or theory in handling classroom management problems? What is the common ground in his solutions/recommendations? Evaluate.


    Active learning and discussion


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