The first thing the teacher does is take the monkey of "right or wrong" off the student's back.
"You're going to hear a dramatization of a court case. There's going to be a conflict between two or more people. Then because they can't settle their problem by themselves, they land in court, and each one gives his or her argument to the judge. Right before the judge's decision, I am going to stop and I will ask each one of you what you think the decision should be. Now, I want you to remember one thing - THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A RIGHT OR WRONG ANSWER. Always remember that in the U.S. Supreme Court or the Canadian Supreme Court, there are nine Justices. And each one can come out with a different decision."
Before Letting the Class Hear or Read the Decision
Before letting the class hear the decision, the teacher says to the class,
"You are now going to listen to the decision. Now it may or may not be the best way to settle the parties' differences. After you listen to the decision, I want you to think of how you would have decided the case so that everyone could have come out of court a winner."
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