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Author Topic: An Unusual Teaching Challenge  (Read 13052 times)
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« Reply #8: September 19, 2007, 04:10:23 am »

I'll gently suggest that, unless you are completely out of the closet and your supervisors are aware that you are a pagan and thus a member of a VERY small minority subset of western religious tradition, that you discard all your actual current personal associations and that you teach the mainstream American popular/secular versions of both, with the religious basis included, of course.

Depending on how old your students are, of course, it sounds as if they want your students to get a taste of what they'd experience if they were visiting the US at those times of year, with a bit of the cultural and religious origins of what they'll see.

Certainly there's a certain amount of pagan history you can include, with the personal connection... but if you're teaching general cultural familiarization, then the mainstream  culture's stuff is what they want.  A lot more about trick-or-treating than about Dumb Suppers, for example, and about caroling, Christmas trees and Charlies Dickens and  Brown rather than Modrasnicht.

JMHO; YMMV, of course.  You know your situation.

      At first, I freely admit I let my feelings get hurt by the responses I received.  But then I got over myself and actually paid attention to what you were trying to tell me!   Cheesy  The most important thing here is that my students gain some understanding of english-speaking culture on top of learning the language.  And I would be doing my students and other cultures a disservice by favoring my own preferences!  So for helping me to get my feet back on the ground where they belong, thank you everyone.

       That said, I'm trying to come up with as much general whoo hah on Halloween and Christmas/kwanza (I'm butchering the spelling I'm fairly certain please forgive me.)/hannukah/yule as I possibly can.  As well as trying to find interesting but simple activities to engage students from the age of six to twelve on the topics mentioned before.  I have the good old fashioned cut/paste/coloring book pages, cut outs, that sort of thing.  I was wondering if you have any activities that you might suggest?  Also any and all resources would be highly appreciated for information (wikipedia is my best friend!).

      Thank you for all of your help and advice,


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