Education: Values and
Section 1: Role Playing Teacher-Student
In pairs or small groups, discuss what the student and/or teacher
should do in the following situations. Then act out or write a dialogue
about one of the situations. Make sure that you have a clear solution to
||A student and a teacher are close
friends outside the class. They have coffee together often, and
even go out to movies and restaurants. Nevertheless, the student
receives a D as the final grade for the course. The student
feels that the teacher should change the grade to a C or a B.
||In front of the class, the teacher
makes an obviously incorrect statement that confuses all but one
of the students. This student knows why the teacher made the
mistake and feels it would be a good idea to clarify the
misunderstanding for the rest of the class.
||A teacher is correcting examinations
and notices that three students all have the same wrong answers
for every question. It is obvious that these students cheated.
The teacher must do something about this.
||A student has paid a lot of money for
his courses. In one of the courses, the teacher is not doing an
adequate job. The student feels that the teacher never prepares
for classes, wastes time with attendance and unimportant
announcements, gives poor lectures, and returns homework late.
The student feels that it is necessary to say or do something.
||In a course on world religion, one
student is constantly trying to prove that her religion is the
best. This student's attitude bothers the other students, and
they complain to the teacher. The teacher must respond to this
||Should teachers try to establish
personal relationships with their students? Why or why not?
||Should the teacher always be an
authority figure, or should the teacher try to establish
egalitarian relationships with students?
||Should teachers be strict or lenient
||Should a student be free to express
an opinion that differs from the teacher's?
Conversation exercises taken from Beyond Language by Levine
and Adelman, Prentice Hall, 1993.