We cannot overstate how easy it is for instructors to overlook the Reflection & Connection component of the The Civic Mirror learning process, and the reasons are understandable. But one of the most important skills we can teach our students is to meaningfully reflect on present experiences. By doing so we are not only teaching our students how to discover valuable lessons from their experiences, but we are also enabling them to connect those lessons-learned to things they already know about themselves and their world.
This video shows a reflection activity we did after The Civic Mirror ended. The students were first asked to position themselves relative to one another with respect to where they fell on the left-right political spectrum. Then I asked them (in almost post-reality-TV-show-style) to comment on a series of questions about government, economics, and human nature. It was a great activity, and one that generated some wonderful thoughts and insights … some which I would argue most adults would be hard-pressed to arrive at.
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Basically it’s a government and economics simulation that turns classrooms into countries and students into citizens. Far more than just a game, The Civic Mirror is a fully comprehensive civic education program that turns the old rules of teaching and learning on their head. Students actively assume real-world citizenship roles – both in the classroom and online – and work as individuals to provide for imaginary families and achieve hidden agendas, while working together to build a strong, democratic nation.
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