Teacher Roles and Student Audiences
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.
-- Joseph Joubert
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This chapter focuses on the many parts you will play as a teacher in a social studies classroom and on the students you will encounter there. Your own roles are defined according to the three-part framework laid out in the previous chapters -- didactic (authority, resource, guide), reflective (questioner, scientist, artist), and affective (dramatist, socialization agent, devil's advocate). Understanding these different roles allows you to use them appropriately in involving all students in a wide variety of learning activities.
Suggestions are also offered for adapting instructional approaches to meet the needs of varied student populations. Although the majority of your student audience may consist of students of generally average ability, who are basically assimilated into what we have traditionally called "American culture," more and