This week, there’s a lot of talk about elections, democracy, and power. Our children are hearing it, as hard as we might work to keep the news off the radio and television, as hard as we try to keep discussions positive, as determined as we are to find our way toward forming a more cohesive nation after a bitter campaign season.
Experiential learning is built on the concept of learning by doing. But it’s not just the doing that’s important. The reflecting part of experiential learning is the key ingredient for an experience full of discovery and learning!
One thing you hear a lot about during an election year is the economy. How’s the economy doing? Have we recovered fully from the Great Recession? Do most people have jobs? Do those jobs pay well enough to live on? Is the stock market up or down?
It’s two weeks until Election Day! Are you holding mock elections in your classroom? Are you hosting debates between the two parties? Are you examining the political advertisements? There are lots of ways to get your students engaged with the process!
School days are busy days—there's lots to fit into those 7 to 8 hours you have with your students! Don't forget to remind your kids to take time to breathe.
Have you been watching the presidential debates? While some of the topics discussed during this year’s election cycle might not be appropriate for younger viewers, there are plenty of speeches being made and town hall meetings being held where the candidates speak about policy, the presidency, foreign relations, and many other things that are important for all of us to hear.