Maintain and Modify

Teaching during the 2020 Election?

This resource is part of our Election 2020 collection, designed to help you teach about voting rights, media literacy, and civic participation, in remote and in-person settings.

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This routine helps students develop self-awareness by identifying their strengths and limitations. Alternatively, the routine can serve as a means of group reflection.

Face-to-Face Learning

At the end of the lesson, project the following questions one at a time for a quick journal reflection:

  • What helped me stay focused and engaged in class today that I should maintain

    or

    What helped us function well as a class today that we should maintain?

  • What’s something I should modify so I can improve my engagement and participation in this class?

    or

    What’s something we should modify so we can improve how we work together?

Debrief in a Wraparound activity, in pairs, or in small groups. Students can revisit their reflections in the future to see if they were able to make any of the modifications they identified.

Remote Learning

At the end of a lesson, share the following questions on a Padlet, shared Google Doc, or individual exit cards:

  • What helped me stay focused and engaged in class today that I should maintain

    or

    What helped us function well as a class today that we should maintain?

  • What’s something I should modify so I can improve my engagement and participation in this class?

    or

    What’s something we should modify so we can improve how we work together?

Acknowledge the habits and skills that students want to maintain, and highlight one or two that they would like to modify in the future. In the next synchronous lesson, review their goals so they can hold themselves and one another accountable for trying to meet them.

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