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Learning to Swim with the Big Boys. How to “do” We the People in a regular classroom . MY JOURNEY TO WE THE PEOPLE- Leslie Scoby Sabetha High School Sabetha, KS .

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Learning to swim with the big boys

Learning to Swim with the Big Boys

How to “do” We the People in a regular classroom

MY JOURNEY TO WE THE PEOPLE-

Leslie Scoby

Sabetha High School

Sabetha, KS


Learning to swim with the big boys

GETTING YOUR FEET WETWorkshopsTrainingInvolvement with othersFind a MentorUse the textbook and websiteRemember- change is good, just hard


How to dive in

How to Dive In!

  • Begin with one class

  • Begin with one unit

  • Rely on those who have “been there, done that”

  • Use the textbook and take “Baby steps”

  • OR just hold your nose and Jump In!

    • It doesn’t have to be pretty


Lap swimming or treading water

LAP SWIMMING OR TREADING WATER

  • THERE’S NO WRONG WAY OR RIGHT WAY- just get to the end!

  • Be aware of the first year of mistakes- just don’t tell anyone!

  • Even if you feel you don’t know it all – remember, you don’t have to!

  • KEEP IN MIND THE BIG PICTURE- what do you want students to get out of this activity?


What will wtp do for students

WHAT WILL WTP DO FOR STUDENTS?

READING IMPROVEMENT

WRITING SKILLS

SELF-CONFIDENCE

PUBLIC SPEAKING

THINKING SKILLS

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT


What will wtp do for students cont

WHAT WILL WTP DO FOR STUDENTS?(cont.)

ADULT CONTACT

BEING A PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER THAN ONESELF

INTERVIEW SKILLS

PROFESSIONALISM

CURRENT EVENTS

GROUP WORK SKILLS


Success depends on your enthusiasm

“Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.” -Art Carnegie

SUCCESS DEPENDS ON (YOUR) ENTHUSIASM

“Enthusiasm is contagious. Be a carrier.”- Susan Rabin

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Every class starts with current events

EVERY CLASS STARTS WITH CURRENT EVENTS

  • http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

  • http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/Teach/News/default.asp

  • http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Stossel/

  • http://www.izzit.org/events/index.php

  • The difficult to reach student is more interested in what is going on today than what went on 200 years ago.

  • Great way to work in economics, world events, geography,

  • If they watch it, they DO come to like it

  • Adds to knowledge level for the question portion of the hearing

  • Ring of notes – current event quizzes allow lower students to be successful on a quiz


Swimming with all kinds of fish groups begin to experiment with groupings of students

Swimming with all kinds of fishGroups-begin to experiment with groupings of students

  • Good readers, slow readers, no readers

  • Leaders, followers, in-betweeners

  • Talkers, listeners, out-in-spacers

  • Lovers, haters, get the graders

GROUPS SHOULD INCLUDE ALL TYPES OF STUDENTS. I TRY TO INCLUDE ALL LEARNING STYLES AND LOOK AT STUDENT STRENGTHS----------- BUT BE CAREFUL, BECAUSE SOME WILL SURPRISE YOU!!


The curriculum

THE CURRICULUM

  • UNIT ONE

    • You as a Political Philosopher – first group project

    • Six basic Principles graphic assignment

    • Concepts of Democracy

    • Property Rights

    • Majority Rules/Minority Rights

    • Natural Rights Philosophy

  • UNIT TWO

    • Creating the Constitution

      • CLASS ACTIVITY- FEDERALISTS VS. ANTI-FEDERALISTS

        • ORAL PRESENTATION BY LARGE GROUP

    • Founders posters

      • EACH STUDENT BECOMES AN EXPERT ON ONE FOUNDER- POSTERS DISPLAYED IN CLASSROOM


Writing the first paper

WRITING THE FIRST PAPER

  • Practice paper- I use the topic of Limited Government.

    • This is a short paper to get everyone into the book and thinking about founding principles.

    • This paper also serves as my guide to each student’s level of writing skills

    • Each student is given a copy of a paper in the end that is an example of a “good paper.”


Learning to swim with the big boys

THE CURRICULUM

  • UNITS 5 & 6

  • Supreme Court Cases

    • Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)

    • Board of Education of Westside Community Schools v. Mergens (1990)

    • New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985)

    • Miranda v. Arizona (1966)

    • Loving v. Virginia (1967)

    • Texas v. Johnson (1989)

    • Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988)

    • Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)

  • UNITS 3 & 4

  • Due Process

  • Political Parties

  • Civil War Tests the Constitution

  • Role of the President

  • Role of Congress

  • Supreme Court-

    • Marbury v Madison

  • Civil Rights

    • Brown v Board of Education


Bait how to hook even the most difficult

BAIT (HOW TO HOOK EVEN THE MOST DIFFICULT )

  • http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/

  • I RELYon this site to find videos that will create interest and provide the springboard for a topic, unit or discussion

  • This site provides full length videos, video clips, images, documents, skill builders, many provide curriculum guides or quizzes to use after viewing

    • Future Fright: Losing the Bill of Rights--------- The Bill of Rights

    • On Common Ground: A Delicate Balance----- Freedom of the press

    • The Bill of Rights---------Four cases: Tinker, Miranda, Mergens and Johnson


Reading improvement

READING IMPROVEMENT

  • We the People Level 2Student text

  • We the PeopleHigh School LevelStudent Text


Learning to swim with the big boys

SELF-CONFIDENCE – My goal is that every student walks out of thehearing feeling successfulBEING A PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER THAN ONESELF-This experience may be the ONLY time in a student’s life that he is out in front- a part of a valuable discussionthat is about topics he might never have discussed otherwise


Creating active citizens

CREATING ACTIVE CITIZENS

  • POINTS GIVEN TO ATTEND:

    • CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

    • SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

    • SITE COUNCIL MEETINGS

    • COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE

      • SKATE PARK

      • PLAYGROUND PARTNERS

  • VOTING

    • WHAT DISTICT DO THEY LIVE IN?

    • REGISTER TO VOTE

    • STATE REPRESENTATIVE GUEST SPEAKER

    • FIELD TRIP TO STATEHOUSE

  • GUEST SPEAKER- JUDGE JOE PIERRON – COURT OF APPEALS


Learning to swim with the big boys

  • GROUP WORK

  • INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE


Learning to swim with the big boys

  • INTERACTION WITH ADULTS, OTHER THAN TEACHERS

  • PROFESSIONALISM-

  • DRESS THE PART, LOOK THE PART, ACT THE PART


Main points recap

MAIN POINTS– RECAP

  • INCLUDE ALL STUDENTS

  • HOLD A REAL HEARING- MAKE IT A BIG DEAL

  • FIND JUDGES WHO “HELP” ALL STUDENTS FEEL SUCCESSFUL

  • PRACTICE – PRACTICE – PRACTICE – BOTH THE READING PORTION AND QUESTIONS

    • THIS YEAR MY “PROBLEM CLASS” COULDN’T WAIT FOR PRACTICE SESSIONS WHERE THEY GOT TO ASK QUESTIONS OF THE GROUP AND PROVIDE DISCUSSION POINTS


Simulated congressional hearing

SIMULATED CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

  • LETTERS OR EMAILS SENT TO POTENTIAL JUDGES

  • TIMES AND DATES CONFIRMED

  • NEW JUDGES INFORMATIONAL MEETING

  • ANY NEW JUDGES ARE GIVEN A TEXT AND ONE UNIT TO REVIEW

  • DIRECT THEM TO THE WEBSITE WHERE THEY CAN SEE A HEARING

  • I MAKE A PACKET FOR EACH JUDGE FILLED WITH INFORMATION


Judges there are plenty to catch

JUDGES? THERE ARE PLENTY TO CATCH!

  • WTP ALUMNI (I USE SENIORS FROM FIRST SEMESTER)

  • LOCAL LAWYERS

  • COORDINATORS

  • PROFESSORS

  • BUSINESS PEOPLE FROM COMMUNITY

  • TEACHERS

  • FRIENDS


Learning to swim with the big boys

JUNIOR YEAR- AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

YEAR LONG COURSE

  • FIRST SEMESTER

    • WE THE PEOPLE BOOKS +MAGRUDER TEXTBOOK

      • TALK ABOUT WTP ALL YEAR

    • PARICIPATE IN CONSTITUTION DAY ACTIVITIES

    • AMERICAN GOVERNMENT LESSONS

    • ECONOMICS

    • HEARING DEMONSTRATION BY WTP CLASS

    • CURRENT EVENTS


Learning to swim with the big boys

  • SECOND SEMESTER

    • WE THE PEOPLE FOCUS

      • GROUPS FORMED

      • GROUPS CHOOSE UNIT THEN CHOOSE QUESTION

      • GROUPS THEN COMPLETE GRAPHIC ORGANIZER OVER THREE PARTS OF QUESTION

      • PAPERS WRITTEN, FINE-TUNED AND PRACTICED OUT LOUD

      • QUESTION SESSIONS WITHIN CLASS

      • SIMULATED CONGRESSIONAL HEARING (AS CLOSE TO THE END OF THE YEAR AS POSSIBLE)


Senior year semester course elective

SENIOR YEAR- SEMESTER COURSE- ELECTIVE

  • ANY SENIOR MAY ENROLL (THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE IN FOR)

  • GROUPS FORMED

  • PLAN AND ORGANIZE CONSTITUTION DAY

  • GROUP ACTIVITIES

    • MAKE A MEAL TOGETHER

    • BONDING ACTIVITIES

  • AS SOON AS QUESTIONS COME OUT PAPER WRITING STARTS

  • EACH STUDENTS WRITES ONE PAPER (WE USE GOOGLE DOCS)

  • PAPERS ARE EDITED AND FINE TUNED

  • DEMONSTRATIONS TO JUNIOR CLASSES

  • PRACTICE SESSIONS BEGIN IN DECEMBER AND CONTINE TIL SEMESTER BREAK

  • STATE COMPETITION IN EARLY FEB.

  • SERVE AS PRACTICE JUDGES FOR JUNIORS IN SPRING


Constitution day

CONSTITUTION DAY

CONTESTS ALL DAY WITH PRIZES

BUSINESS IN TOWN BOUGHT SHIRTS FOR EVERY STUDENT

SHIRTS WERE DESIGNED BY THE WTP CLASS

FUN DAY!


List of resources

List of Resources

  • http://ratify.constitutioncenter.org/constitution

  • http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/

  • www.billofrightsinstitute.org

  • www.oyez.org

  • http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

  • http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/Teach/News/default.asp

  • http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Stossel/

  • http://www.izzit.org/events/index.php

    Leslie Scoby [email protected]

    This list is available in the back


Questions and thanks

QUESTIONS AND THANKS

HANDOUTS AVAILABLE IN BACK


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