Town Hall Style Meetings

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2 thoughts on “Town Hall Style Meetings”

  1. Ruth (in Vermont)

    I like this idea.
    Some kids are willing and able to voice their opinions and complaints, no matter how negative or disruptive. They don’t have a sense of how to voice something in a respectful way, and they don’t get much opportunity.
    I had some out-of-the blue complaints arise from a couple of 8th graders in the middle of class a little while ago. It threw me, of course, since their timing was poor and their attitude was negative and critical. I just muddled my way out of it at that time and tried not to feel totally derailed. I thought more later about what they were saying and if they had valid concerns, and acknowledged some concerns the next time I saw them. That was good. I wanted to find a way to let them voice concerns, worries, suggestions, or whatever in an appropriate way. I considered a Suggestions box, but I think I like this idea better. I think it would be worth the time spent in English, especially if we focus on being constructive rather than complaining. That’s up to me to choreograph. I teach middle school, and it really is about teaching about life as much as teaching content.

    1. I was thinking more for high school. My own eight years teaching middle school taught me that the shift away from concrete sequential thinking on their part around seventh grade could open me up to some weird conversations. That’s just my opinion. I wouldn’t do this with seventh graders. But yes, it would be time in English extremely well spent, in a kind of Socratic circle setting.

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