Using controversial and emotionally charged topics as opportunities to access to student thinking.

by Jaraux Washington

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

In this series of videos, I invite participants to consider the use of emotion and conflict to engage students in learning. Participants brainstorm their own activities and then connect them to specific content that students often find uninteresting.

Part One: Introduction

In part one of the video, I describe how I set up an activity using student’s emotional responses to a topic to increase engagement and retention.

Part Two: Activities that Elicit Emotions

In part two of the workshop, I invite participants to brainstorm activities that might be best set up different types of emotions.

Part Three: Connecting Conflict with Content

In part three of the workshop, participants share some of their ideas for activities that elicit emotions to the whole group. Then we connect conflict with content.