Reflection: Real World Applications Horror Seminar: Final Assessment - Section 3: Seminar Groups: The Haunting of Hill House/Something Wicked This Way Comes


I always joke with my fellow teachers that I love teaching second semester eighth graders.  The first, well... I am kidding of course; I like all of the kids.  They are fun and lively and I laugh every single day at work.  But the second half of the year is so rewarding; seminar performance is one of the reasons.

At the beginning of the year, the classroom is usually dominated by a few alpha kids.  They know every answer.  They want to perform, read, run a note to the office.  They want to do it all.  The rest of the class lets them.  So, the teacher's job is to tease out everyone's talents, to nurture and probe, to encourage and even demand:  "Hey, I need to hear from everyone!  I already know what Susan/Michael/Robert thinks about this.  How about you?"

Seminars and other discussions take time and practice.  The first few times, some students just don't talk.  They know they will get no points, but they just can't bring themselves to do it.  It takes months to thaw that reserve.  It takes hours of exposure to models and ideas and encouragement.

Eventually, spring comes and these seminars are pleasurable for almost everyone.  The students feel like there is no "trick" to them -- in their words -- "nothing to it, but to do it."  Yes. That's right.  Nothing to it, but to do it.

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Horror Seminar: Final Assessment

Unit 6: Unlocking Mood and Other Elements of Horror
Lesson 18 of 18

Objective: SWBAT conduct mature and thoughtful discussions about elements and issues in the stories, poems and novels, that they read.

Big Idea: Discussions develop academic and social skills...and they reinforce our purpose for learning.

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