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Western Pennyslvania Teacher-Consultant Inspires 'Positivity In The Classroom During An Election That's Anything But'

Publication: 90.5 WESA
Date: November 2, 2016

Summary: Western Pennsylvania Writing Project teacher-consultant Michelle King used the election to engage her middle schoolers in conversation and understanding across differences.

 

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So we want to practice (those) ... discussions, particularly in this contentious election," King told a class a week and a half before voting day. "Because you will inherit this country to lead, and we can't expect you to do that work without having practiced it.

"Assignments have included role-playing around issues of immigration and police brutality, where students have adopted various personas.

"What is it like to really sit and hear somebody that has a different opinion than you, like a fundamentally different opinion than you? said King."

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