I've been struck by the conversations students and teachers have been having about the 2016 elections. Now that they are over and we are moving forward, wherever we land on the political continuum, it's important to continue civil discourse. That's part of being an engaged and responsible citizen.This list of ideas came across my desk today from Teaching Tolerance (TT). They support the lessons and activities that students engaged in through Kids Voting Edina. I invite you to take a look and use them in your classrooms.
In this blog, a TT teaching and learning specialist offers some strategies for “hitting the reset button” in the days and weeks following the election.
Yesterday, you needed to make students feel safe, but safety isn’t enough. Now tell your students the truth, TT Director Maureen Costello advises: Everything is not OK. We have work to do, and we can do it.
Have you talked to your students about voter registration and turnout in their communities? Try out this activity to research the data and then promote voter engagement.
In the weeks following the election, it’s as important as ever to commit to civil discourse—and to remind students to do the same.