ALTOONA, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Wednesday’s events weren’t confined to our nation’s capital. The entire country is talking about what happened, including local classrooms. First News at Nine’s Max Cotton spoke with a civics teacher on her approach to discussing yesterday’s riot.
Erin Lynnes begins her civics classes with a quick recap of the prior day’s world events. A recap may not have been needed to make sure students knew about what took place in our nation’s capitol, it was played anyway. Instead of the normal class discussion. Lynnes’ students filled out an online form about Wednesday’s events.
“What did you see? What do you feel? What do you think? Do you have any questions? I wanted the students to have time to process what they saw,” said Lynnes.
After students typed-up their feelings, Lynnes opened the class up for discussion.
Lynnes said, “A few classes had some questions here and there but mostly they were pretty quiet. But I was able to read their responses on what they had written and then I can respond to those individually and then I can address any overarching themes next time we’re together.”
Parents are also interested in the classroom discussion.
Altoona High School Parent Angela Brathall says she wants her kids talking about their reactions to Wednesday’s events.
Brathall said, “I think it’s just, you know, talking to the kids about what happened, you know, how they’re feeling about it. To me, it is more about how it’s affecting them. Not necessarily like opinions or anything but how it felt to them to witness it happen.”
For Lynnes though, the key was not forcing her students to voice their opinions.
“The biggest thing I thought is just letting students be able to express themselves if they want to so that all voices are heard. Students are feeling like they’re heard if they want to be heard,” said Lynnes.
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