Curriculum and instruction
Identify and describe effective strategies used to foster understanding and maintain learners' attention. Explain why the strategies are effective.
Whole books have been written on this topic so an exhaustive discussion is beyond the scope of this response. However, here are five effective strategies that can be used in the classroom on a daily basis.
1. Make learning/education/school mirror "real" life as closely as possible. I teach Ethics and Philosophy at the high school level. Rather than tell students what is right and wrong according to a certain ethical perspective I engage them in case studies taken from today's headlines but tweaked so that they are generic enough to encourage student involvement. Our case studies involve decisions regarding sexuality, drug use, stealing, honestly, faithfulness in marriage, violence toward others, government, drug use in the sports arena, etc. I design these case studies so that students are required to make a statement such as, "The right decision is to...(abort the child or keep the child/ steal the money or not steal the money/ take drugs in order to be able to compete at a high level or refuse to take drugs because it is against the rules). Regardless of their answer they are then required to defend their answer and identify the ethical perspective they are using in order to justify their choice as being right. This approach works because no one cares about anything as much as they care about themselves and their own ideas and opinions. The responses are designed to be very ...
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