Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- What are some visual and hands-on activities you use to teach abstract concepts to young students?
- How do you prepare young students to work successfully in groups? How do you guide them during group work?
- How do you prepare young students for successful role-playing?
Watch the Video
As you watch "Leaders, Community, and Citizens," take notes on Ms. Vaughn's instructional strategies, particularly how she helps students stay focused on understanding elements of citizenship. 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 did Ms. Vaughn use students' prior knowledge to build new concepts in this lesson?
- Based on what you saw in the video, how do young learners benefit from working with a partner or in small groups?
- What made it possible for these young students to succeed in the role-playing activity?
- How does Ms. Vaughn help students learn how to work together?
- Which strategies were most effective in reaching the goals of the lesson?
- How is this class different from yours? How would you introduce your own students to the different levels and functions of government?
Let's take a second look at Ms. Vaughn's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.