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  1. “A LAC Variety Pack: Varying Approaches to Teaching LAC Recitation” Jonathan Risner 7 March 2009

  2. Objectives • Outline general ideas for teaching a LAC recitation • Offer some advice for standard practice, i.e. the constants

  3. Premises and Caveats • Why a variety? • Instructor as entertainer vs. developing a dynamic teaching style • But … • Demands of professor • Demands of the course

  4. The Constant: TERMS Clarifying problematic terms • Avoid the abuse of language (hegemony, discourse, interpellation / “hailing”, etc.) • Give students the tools to discuss • Do’s • Use clear language with examples • Don’ts • Explain jargon with more jargon • Do not introduce more terms

  5. Ways to Discuss: Before Class • Students’ reflection • Short writing assignments • Blackboard discussion forums

  6. Ways to Discuss: Classic

  7. Ways to Discuss: the “Voltron” Method or Building Groups • Progressively build discussion groups • Start small (question for an individual or a group of two) • Progression (groups of two, groups of four, groups of eight, etc.) with direction • Example: Globalization

  8. Ways to Discuss: Other Media • Using other media to generate discussion: • Photos • Films (from the MRC or elsewhere) • Fine art (paintings, sculpture, etc. at the Ackland or a private gallery)

  9. Mexico City (Sebastião Salgado)

  10. Ways to Discuss: “Take It Elsewhere” • Ackland Art Museum • A café or restaurant • Any tienda latina • Student Stores

  11. Recap • The goal: discussion • Variety for entertainment vs. dynamism • Limitations • Terms: the single constant? • Ways of discussion: • “Voltron” method • Other media • Different venues