Teaching Tolerance is a monthly publication that I have received at school for a few years now. Almost every month I find something that eventually works its way into my classroom. Currently on the Teaching Tolerance website there is a good lesson idea about teaching tolerance for differing political viewpoints. The lesson plan provides a framework for holding classroom discussion in response to the outcome of next Tuesday’s election. Additionally, there are suggestions for a writing activity. What I particularly like about the lesson plan are the suggestions for including the concepts of Mix It Up Day into the learning experience.
Applications for Education
The suggested lesson plan, Crossing Political Boundaries, provides a good framework for classroom discussion about politics. Having political discussions in the classroom can be a volatile/ emotional experience for some students having a good framework for conversation ahead can make the experience less emotional and more educational for all participants.