I wrote yesterday about how my students did a fantastic job of completing their Trump Clinton compare and contrast. Today I pushed the line a little more. I choose two issues that Time For Kids had articles on, education and the environment. The students compared and contrasted the candidates views on the issues. I threatened again with the idea they may have to do it agian during recess if they included opinions. They did a very nice job once again. 

Tomorrow, I am going to have them brainstorm a list of things that they think the president can do (we had someone suggest that the president could get rid of mine craft forever, oh no, and it devolved into a shouting match between two students about who was worse, Trump or Clinton) and we will search the Internet in order to compare and contrast what we thought with what is true. 

I think they have quite a few misconceptions about what the president really can and cannot do. 

We have also been writing essays on why we would make good presidents. Most are almost finished. I am going to print the essays and have them draw themselves as the president. This has been great for a lot of the students because I forced them to think of at least two things they are good at and use facts to prove why they are good at those things. They often tell me they are dumb or that they can’t do anything right. I want them to know they can do great things because they have the basic skills to do so. 

Most of them have risen to the challenge. I am quite proud! 


A Political Comparison 

In the community I live in with the job I have, I have to be very careful about my political opinion comments. So far, I’ve been good. I resisted the temptation to shout back at a student who loudly interrupted me to proclaim that no one likes Trump. 

I still don’t know who I am voting for next week, but the temptation to shut this student’s loud mouth comments down was strong. A well placed, fact-laden argument does little to an intrenched politically opinionated fourth grader. I could have spouted that Clinton has 46% supper and Trump has 45%. The difference of 1% is well within the margin of error. 

Somehow that logical factual argument did not seem as though it would have the intended effect. I kept quiet and replied that if he shouted out or interrupted me again I would take away recess time. 

I was very proud of most of them today in reference to an assignment where the read a biography on Clinton and one on Trump and compared the two. I threatened them that they would have to redo the assignment if the wrote any opinions in their Venn diagram. I have yet to grade one with an opinion in it. 

Congrats, fourth graders! You can listen to directions and you can learn new things! 

Congrats, Miss Haley! You may have learned how not to be a loud mouth know it all…