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I tell my students that one of my goals for every class that I have is that I want them to be uncomfortable at times. I say that if they're comfortable with everything we've discussed and it doesn't sound new to them or unusual then they're not learning in the class, and that in order to grow and develop we have to have some growing pains, and so we have to have some discussions that push our boundaries a little bit, that make us a little bit uncomfortable... Thinking sometimes hurts.
A conversation with Dr. Tracy Zinn of James Madison University about teaching, learning and classroom discussion.
Links referenced in this episode:
- Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos
- QQTP: Connor-Greene, P. A. (2005). Fostering meaningful classroom discussion: Student-generated questions, quotations, and talking points. Teaching of Psychology, 32(3), 173-175. [order]
- Types of Questions Based on Bloom's Taxonomy (from Honolulu Community College's Faculty Guidebook)