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Making Civics Real Workshop 6: Civic Engagement  
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Teacher Perspectives: Flow of the class

Bill Mittlefehldt: We begin with an overview for the week, outlined on the board so the kids have a cognitive map of where we’re going. Then we jump into the learning activities, called Connection Points, where the kids have to share orally or in written form how they connect the curriculum, the vocabulary, the theories, and the examples with things they see going on around them. Then we make a transition, usually to some teacher-structured activity that would look a little like a mini-lecture or presentation, where I’ve organized the learning resources. Then we make [another] transition [in which the students work on their projects]. It starts off kind of slowly but as we get deeper (we’re in the sixth week of a nine-week term), more class time is devoted to getting ready for the projects.


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