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Teaching About the Election (Without Getting Political)

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

Release Date: 10/05/2020

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Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!

 

Today we’re going to talk about the election. Did you groan? If you did, I don’t blame you. I get it. But I want this to be exciting for you to talk about, because it is for me! 

 

We’re going to explore how to talk to your students about the election without getting political, the importance of having an unbiased lesson about it, and how you can help your students understand the importance and privilege of having elections. 

 

I know it can be scary, but stick with me, and we’re going to make it a whole lot more fun. 

 

Episode 77 Takeaways: 

 

+ It is our job as teachers to help kids learn how to think. 

+ It's important to cover the election because voting is a privilege and a duty.

+ We are shaping what the world will look like in the future. 

+ Kids are going to hear about the election, so we can at least make sure they understand the facts. 

+ Talking about the election leads to meaningful conversations.

+ There are topics you can cover without telling them who to vote for. 

+ You can use fun activities to teach about the election. 

 

So, does that make it a little less intimidating? It’s not your responsibility to tell your students who to vote for, but you can teach them why we vote, and how they can make their voices heard. 

 

Don’t forget to take a look at our digital and printable election resource! It gives you a five-day plan for teaching about the election, so if this all feels a little scary to you, this resource is going to make your life so much easier! You can find a link in the “Resources Mentioned” section below. 

 

I’d love to know what other ideas you come up with, so head over to our Instagram @notsowimpyteacher to share those with me! 

 

Resources Mentioned: 

2020 Election Activities Digital and Printable

 

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