Question from Robert

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  1. Friday, I had to emergency sub for a Science teacher and while I didn’t do any comprehensive input for his class, my wheels started to turn about how one could use CI in other classes, and I’m convinced that it wouldn’t be that hard to adapt it to AP psych. I would agree that “Psychology is like teaching students another language – new vocabulary, new ways of thinking, etc.”
    I’m thinking it could go something like this:
    (Digging up something I remember from my college Psyche class):
    What to teach (example):
    Cognitive dissonance is a condition of conflict or even anxiety resulting from holding conflicting ideas simultaneously. The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance. They do this by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and actions.
    Dissonance definition: unsuitable in combination; clashing.
    Ask the following story in class, have students act it out:
    Johnny is a follower of religion _______________ (students make up a religion, not a real one so no one gets offended). He grew up in a very strict religious (insert made up region) family. In religion (insert made up religion), it is held that believers are not allowed to ________________ (students suggest prohibited activity). Johnny goes off to college in (insert location), far from his family, and there at his college, most of the students there love to (do prohibited activity). All Johnny’s best friend try to get Johnny to do (prohibited activity), and at first Johnny resists the temptation and peer pressure, but one day, he thinks to himself, “well, maybe just once.” Before he knows it, Johnny is doing (prohibited activity) everyday, and still goes to worship in the local temple/church near his college and whenever he goes home. When he’s with his friends, he does (prohibited activity), and all his friends think it’s great and he loves their praise. When he’s at the temple or with his family, he acts completely different and talks about how bad doing (prohibited activity is). Johnny starts to feel bad about the way he’s living two different lives. He feels a sense of dissonance, when he’s with his friends, and dissonance with his family and fellow followers of religion x. So he decides to (renounce his beliefs or modify those beliefs or complete change his beliefs- students again get to decide what happens here) and…
    We probably need to find a way to use the terms more in the story, but it’s a start. What do you all think?

  2. Dang brother this rocks. We have such minds on this site! Whatcha think, M. le Chevalier de l’Ouest?
    By the way, Robert, use the cognitive dissonance idea in your letter – that we are all going to send, except Chris for obvious reasons – to the Ohio guy, who is clearly motivated to reduce the pedagogical dissonance in his own mind by dissing Krashen.

  3. Thank you, Michael. I think your suggestions are spot on. I’ll share with my colleague.
    As far as the Ohio issue is concerned, it may take me a bit to formulate what I think is an adequate response.

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