ISTE 2012 Resources

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This page is designed to model a lesson using Academic Controversy as a strategy. The idea came from Barrie Bennett and Carol Rolheiser's book called "Beyond Monet: The Artful Science of Instructional Integration."


Academic Controversy: A Complex Learning Strategy


  • Encourages higher level thinking (analysis, synthesis and evaluation, for example)

  • Pushes the ability and willingness to consider opposing perspectives

  • Extends knowledge and clarity around issues

  • Integrates the head and the heart in the learning process

  • De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats (tactic) is useful in the process

  • Precursor to debating

Necessary Preskills:

Because this strategy is a complex strategy, a large part of its effectiveness relies on prerequisite skill on the part of both teacher and students.The classroom has been established as a genuinely psychologically ‘safe’ classroom in the eyes of the students.

The teacher is attending to Johnson and Johnson’s work, specifically:

  • Individual accountability

  • Face to face interaction

  • Collaborative skills

  • Processing group functioning

  • Positive interdependencies

Students must be able to demonstrate the following Collaborative Skills:


  • Taking turns

  • No put downs

  • Suspending judgement

  • Actively listening

  • Paraphrasing

  • Disagreeing in an Agreeable Way

  • Disagreeing with the idea, not person

  • Accepting and extending the ideas of others

ISTE 2012 Lesson Files and other Resources

Student Owned Device Template of an Academic Controversy


Steps to Academic Controversy

Further Resources and Examples:


Students are skilled at working in group structures such as Think Pair Share, Place mat and Three-Step Interview.
(http://www.bcatml.org/POT/beyondmonet.pdf)

"Coles Notes" Version of Beyond Monet

Grade 5/6 Pulp Mill Example of using Google Docs for the purpose of an Academic Controversy

Grade 5/6 Golf Course Example of using Google Docs for the purpose of an Academic Controversy

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