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Teaching and Discussing Folk Theories

Consider your own ideas about teaching and discuss which "folk theories" or implicit theories your ideas are based on. Also, consider the English language learner (ELL) student and reflect on how your approach to instruction will impact the ELL student.

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First, let's discuss what a 'folk theory' is in terms of developing your own instructional methodologies. Folk, or implicit theories, are ideas that we have about something that, simply put, reside in our subconscious. We really do not know how they got there, but they shape what we believe and how we act. Many people would argue that these theories arise because of the social environment that we were bought up in, our own backgrounds, or simply based upon experiences that we have had in our lifetime. When we are talking about a teacher, these theories become even more important. As an ...

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