Talk – Hot seating

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Purpose:
Dramatic device to encourage empathy, means of ‘realising’ content, allows for probing questioning and reasoning of positions.

Set Up:
One student at front, semi-circle or audience of chairs facing.

How it works:
One student comes to the front expresses their opinion and responds to questioning on a topic. Can be done by students to taking on particular viewpoints or personas to make it less personal, or more engaged with the content. For example the students may play the role of a specific character or type of person (i.e. Gordon Brown or a young single mother).

I have found this to be very effective in History and RE students generally want to be involved and really think about the character.