Contentious national and state elections are tricky. Students want to know how their teachers vote. But one sure fire way to alienate portions of your class is to be too blustery about your opinions. Instead, embrace elections as a fantastic opportunity to engage students. When students ask you how you’re voting for, ask them…“What’s your guess?”
Opinionated teachers repel many learners.
Challenge your students to figure it out.
What You Can Do Tomorrow?
- Select a controversial issue.
- Introduce the challenge.
- Provide an example.
- Plan how you can avoid giving away your position.
- Challenge students to find examples of bias.
Contentious elections offer a wonderful engagement opportunity. Challenge students to solve the teacher voting preference mystery.