Visualising with sticky-notes – democracy

Problem

democracyGetting a quiet class talking + getting the students to think about democracy. One of the challenges in teaching civics is getting the students to think, reflect and talk about some of the institutions they take for granted. For instance, why do we have democracy? Why do we think it is good? What is required to have a good democracy? And what does the process actually look like? I wanted my students to think and reflect on the process of democracy.

Solution

Instead of having the students doing yet another written exercise (which seem to be my crotch), I had the students draw the process of democracy on post-its. They were given a stack of sticky-notes and were not allowed to write any words. I challenged them to try to explain the process in pictures show someone who were unable to understand what they were saying. As always the goal was to get them to do the thinking rather than me.

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Living Graphs – political alignment


Problem

PartiboksavslinjeMy students tend to have a hard time wrapping their heads around the idea of using a scale to visualise political alignment. They need to know about political scales for new- (post-materialistic) and old-politics (materialistic) and ideology.

Solution

I decided that it might help if they build the scale themself instead of just looking at it in a book or me drawing it on the board. So I got them to make a living graph out of sticky-notes on their tables. They get to talk about their placements and get textile input to help them remember it. I always try to create lessons where it is the students who are active rather than me. Continue reading Living Graphs – political alignment