Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- How do you make abstract political concepts and processes more concrete for students?
- How do visual representations help students learn and remember?
- How do you prepare students for extracting information from visual representations?
- What are some ways to break down concepts and processes to help students learn, retain, and apply them?
- How do you help students make connections between political processes and their own lives?
Watch the Video
As you watch "State Government and the Role of the Citizen," take notes on Ms. Kerr's instructional strategies, particularly how she uses a variety of strategies to teach students about their state government. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.
Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:
- What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
- How does this class differ from yours? How might you teach your students about the branches of state government?
- How did Ms. Kerr use the reading to gauge students' background knowledge?
- How did Ms. Kerr help her students extend the meaning of concepts and processes? What made this learning accessible to a wide range of students? What made it meaningful and memorable?
- What evidence did you see that students were able to apply what they were learning?
Let's take a second look at Ms. Kerr's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.