For the past two days, Mexican American Literature and Culture have discussed the value of Ethnic Studies after reading the articles, “Why Ethnic Studies is good for California, and America,” Rift in Arizona as Latino Class Is Found Illegal & “Why Long Beach Needs Ethnic Studies“. By doing so, #mexamlitgghs scholars practiced speaking academically, thinking critically, and understanding an issue from diverse points of view. Although, yesterday’s Socratic Seminar was a little squeaky and awkward (as all discussion is when groups are getting to know each other), today I finished class elated at the depth of thinking, maturity of behavior, and the overall commitment to respect that my students exhibited.
I felt dizzy with excitement….It was BEAUTIFUL and everything a teacher hopes for in a class.
I heard well-written high level questions, I saw students in the inner circle and outer circle contributing to discussion with insightful comments and opinion, I heard logical comments that were on point and were backed up with evidence from personal experience and the class readings, I saw nothing but the utmost respect, even when there was disagreement. All I can say is, “WOW!”
Thank you for a wonderful Socratic Seminar #msalbasclass #mexamlitgghs! It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of the conversation. I felt a little like I was sitting in a college classroom again! Can’t wait for tomorrow!