I showed the first three segments of this video in my class a few weeks ago (that is, 1/6, 2/6, and 3/6). Unfortunately, to some extent I failed my students by being too scared to debrief the video or to feel out student responses.
I was too afraid to ask, “What do you all think of this?,” because I was afraid that the majority of students would resist what he says and dismiss him out of hand (this is a real possibility). If that happened, I don’t think I could adequately defend his position. Because of that, I avoided debriefing the video altogether. Instead, I repeated a few of his comments and then continued lecturing on the textbook they’re reading.
My anxiety goes through the roof when I think about dealing with student resistance to this sort of material. Part of the problem is that I’m afraid I’d get angry at students. But that’s only a small part of it. I’m not sure what to make of this, or what to do about it. So I’m blogging about it to think through it.