Videoclip for teaching ethos
The Simpsons: Season 5, episode 22
Homer is asked to teach a class on secrets of a successful marriage. Despite being very excited about the job (and buying a new jacket) he comes to class on the first day unprepared. The second day of class, he reads the wrong definition of “wedding” from the dictionary. A brief clip of these two scenes invites several questions for discussion:
- If you were in this class, would you believe that you are going to learn a lot of interesting and useful material?
- Why or why not?
- Which elements of ethos is Homer failing? Competence, dynamism, trustworthiness, similarity, etc.
- What specifically is he doing to fail them?
- How could he improve his approach to the class?
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