January 25, 2023
ChatGPT calls on Humanities teachers to dig even deeper into what is already our core purpose—celebrating humanity … even in a tech-centric world. ChatGPT challenges us to get more intentional about why and how our classrooms teach and celebrate the skills humans have that ChatGPT lacks.
Put more succinctly, ChatGPT is smart but not sentient—let our classrooms be the places where students learn the difference.
How? Through live, in-person conversation.
Today’s discussion dilemma
How do tools like ChatGPT impact class discussion?
Tools like ChatGPT make in-class learning—like class discussion—more important than ever because it’s an opportunity for teachers to witness and assess students’ communication—including analytical and relational—skills. In many ways, ChatGPT is simply forcing a new emphasis on that which is a uniquely human skill: the ability to use conversation to explore ideas and build relationships.
The challenge? The increasing pressure on the class discussion as a key assessment opportunity calls for a far more systematic approach to teaching, practicing, and assessing in-person communication skills than currently exists in most schools.
The knee-jerk response
But discussion is more art than science! In my classroom, discussion is about relationship building—and I don’t want to pollute…