Getting 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.
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.