Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Defining True Education with David Foster Wallace - Section 2: Hearing the Author

 

Today we ended up spending more time than I expected on the video discussion (about 30 minutes).  Students were surprised how young he sounded, and also said that parts that they thought were kind of annoying (when he says things like "I'm not hear to tell you how to think"--phrases that say what he thinks the audience is thinking in a way to counter their cynicism), were actually cool, and often funny.  I had listened to a large chunk of the actual speech last night, too, and had a similarly different reaction than reading it.  Since they responded so well to the video, I will use it again tomorrow when we continue our work with Wallace (since we won't finish getting through the questions today).  This is one of those times that adjusting the time spent was appropriate, since the students had such a positive response to the speech.

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Defining True Education with David Foster Wallace

Unit 4: Thematic Unit: Education
Lesson 16 of 18

Objective: SWBAT determine the central ideas of a complex text through joint construction of meaning with peers and through different media.

 
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