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  • Traweek Middle School
  • West Covina, CA
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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My students are eager to try new and innovative things that are current in today’s technology world. I want to be able to give them a good balance and offer them a variety of ways to engage their learning! It is hard to keep their attention span with very limited resources and limited time - it is my hope that I can accomplish this because my kids are all unique and deserve the best I can give them! We use computers, as well as traditional pen/paper, however, my ability to provide supplies to teach exciting, hands on lessons are limited due to funds. Through my lessons, students will know; The meaning of the acronym R.A.C.E. , and that the text provides enough support to back their claim in their response. Students will be given a series of real world situations that are titled “Moral Dilemmas”. They must read the circumstances of a specific predicament & choose one side to take. In order to defend their choice, they must explain their reasoning using evidence from the dilemma to justify their decision. Then we will move to Philosophical Chairs: The lesson using Moral Dilemmas will carry into a class debate! Students will then be told which of the four Dilemmas was selected (by the teacher) for them to present their side to the class. The entire class divides into two sides. The ones that agree, and the ones that do not agree with the given topic. The goal is to get students to critically think and consider all logical aspects of a circumstance. The students are to try and argue their point to the opposing side in order to get them to change positions, using the information from the dilemmas to support their stance!

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My students are eager to try new and innovative things that are current in today’s technology world. I want to be able to give them a good balance and offer them a variety of ways to engage their learning! It is hard to keep their attention span with very limited resources and limited time - it is my hope that I can accomplish this because my kids are all unique and deserve the best I can give them! We use computers, as well as traditional pen/paper, however, my ability to provide supplies to teach exciting, hands on lessons are limited due to funds. Through my lessons, students will know; The meaning of the acronym R.A.C.E. , and that the text provides enough support to back their claim in their response. Students will be given a series of real world situations that are titled “Moral Dilemmas”. They must read the circumstances of a specific predicament & choose one side to take. In order to defend their choice, they must explain their reasoning using evidence from the dilemma to justify their decision. Then we will move to Philosophical Chairs: The lesson using Moral Dilemmas will carry into a class debate! Students will then be told which of the four Dilemmas was selected (by the teacher) for them to present their side to the class. The entire class divides into two sides. The ones that agree, and the ones that do not agree with the given topic. The goal is to get students to critically think and consider all logical aspects of a circumstance. The students are to try and argue their point to the opposing side in order to get them to change positions, using the information from the dilemmas to support their stance!

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