Organic Lesson: Tips on Facilitating Open Discussions

The Edible Schoolyard Project
Berkeley, CA

This document is a teacher resource that accompanies the What is Organic? lesson plan. Our lesson titled What is Organic? focuses heavily on creating a space for open discussions. The goals of the lesson are not for students to immediately know what organic means, but rather for them to explore what organic represents to them. This could mean that students respond in the initial discussion with misinformation or misunderstandings. As a teacher, the instinct might be to move quickly to correcting students and telling them what they should know. Instead, prioritize the dialogue knowing that misconceptions will be clarified later in the lesson.