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Kathy Swahn's picture


Emergence can be a great teaching tool but can create difficulties. I have found when using emergence the conversation needs to be guided. Without creative guidance lessons can go where you do not want them to go (off task) or completely misunderstood. The educator must be able to redirect with new questions and/or reworded questions AND must be prepared to answer abstract questions. When done creatively emergence creates more student interaction which better facilitates learning. I have found that assigning preliminary reading and questions to guide thinking and to supply some background knowledge.




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