Reflecting on the Debates: A Strategy to Help Students Process

Reflecting on the Debates: A Strategy to Help Students Process

Karen Gross 27/10/2020 2
Reflecting on the Debates: A Strategy to Help Students Process

As we approach a VP debate tonight, it is worth preparing to compare this forthcoming debate with the previous debate.

Regardless of one’s political position, students can compare and contrast the debates on a number of fronts: content; style; approach; tone; depth; demeanor; personal appeal; substantiveness of responses; capacity to listen; command of material and the like.

It is in this context that students can and should read this powerful and persuasive blog. It can be compared and contrasted with other opinion pieces on the first debate.

Here is another aspect of all this. We have reactions to things that are occurring in our world. We have feelings and thoughts that lead to behaviors. Unfortunately, we are often unable to name our feelings which makes it difficult to tame them. And, we often are better able to identify negative feelings as opposed to positive ones.

It is for these reasons that The Feeling Alphabet Activity can be such an important tool for educators to use with their students. It allows students at all ages and stages to identify their feelings and the theory is that if you can name your feelings, you can start to tame your feelings.

It is downloadable here and it is useful to reflect on the tools it provides. And, it is right-priced at $4.99!

It is my belief that the debates are educational — learning — opportunities. Consider this article by Dr. Wang and The Feeling Alphabet Activity Set two tools to enable that to happen.

Let me know how it works. I’d welcome hearing your reactions.

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  • Marvin S

    Thanks for sharing !!

  • Jack Knowles

    Even students know that our President is unfit to lead us

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Karen Gross

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Karen is an educator and an author. Prior to becoming a college president, she was a tenured law professor for two plus decades. Her academic areas of expertise include trauma, toxic stress, consumer finance, overindebtedness and asset building in low income communities. She currently serves as Senior Counsel at Finn Partners Company. From 2011 to 2013, She served (part and full time) as Senior Policy Advisor to the US Department of Education in Washington, DC. She was the Department's representative on the interagency task force charged with redesigning the transition assistance program for returning service members and their families. From 2006 to 2014, she was President of Southern Vermont College, a small, private, affordable, four-year college located in Bennington, VT. In Spring 2016, she was a visiting faculty member at Bennington College in VT. She also teaches part-time st Molly Stark Elementary School, also in Vt. She is also an Affiliate of the Penn Center for MSIs. She is the author of adult and children’s books, the most recent of which are titled Breakaway Learners (adult) and  Lucy’s Dragon Quest. Karen holds a bachelor degree in English and Spanish from Smith College and Juris Doctor degree (JD) in Law from Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law.


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