I am at a loss for a topic this week. I have been on Twitter and see many chats continuing on as normal, but I have been struggling to come to terms with what I am seeing in the wake of the election.
I went to a couple of my elementary schools yesterday and talked with teachers who shared the stories of how their students are upset with the results.
Some have asked why America would elect someone who doesn't treat women and people nicely. Others have asked what will happen to them, will they have to move, or will their friends have to leave? This isn't isolated to immigrant children, there were African American students wondering if the new President would send them back to Africa.
Our students and our children are confused, scared and anxious about what will happen when our new President takes office. I do not bring these ideas forward to make a political statement. I share this because this is the reality for our students. I am not looking to have a conversation about the candidates, but rather how do we proceed and nurture our students when there is so much uncertainty as to what will happen in the next 4 years.
Q1 What reaction or questions did your students bring up in class yesterday, and how did you address them? Did you take time to discuss? why/why not?
Q2 What were some memorable comments/actions made by students, colleagues, etc. that stuck with you about the election results?
Q3 Polls vs. Reality -The polls lead us to believe 1 thing and the results were very different- how do you use this as an learning opportunity for students?
Q4 Popular vs. Electoral vote - What lessons do you have to help ss understand these systems and why they didn't match up to elect the President?
Q5 "One nation indivisible" - our nation is divided. How do we provide ss opportunities to engage in real life actions to create unity?
Q6 Our politicians will not save our world- How can we not only heal, but solve some of the problems facing our world?