How to Talk to Students About The Election

How to Talk to Students About The Election

Wondering what to say to students post election?

Here are two powerful pieces of information to keep in mind.

1) User generated content is more influential and trusted than other media.

2) What we read on social media and conversations we have with those we consider friends are those that are most trusted.

The youth in your life, care most about what their friends, teachers, and family post online and say in person. As an educator, be a role model. Post inspiring and/or thoughtful updates. Inspire your students to do the same. Let young people know what they say matters. Encourage them to share words that are thoughtful and inspiring. Share acts of kindness. Find and share posts in social media of those you and your students respect. Acknowledge those as models of who we want to be.

Have conversations in your classroom that are respectful and inquiry based.

Not sure how? The teachers at Science Leadership Academy had this message for their students:

I also found the advice in this article useful: How to talk to your kids about the election results and the second suggestion in this article from Common Sense Ed provides helpful advice about channeling emotion into action.

This call to action from NYC principal Jamaal Bowman is also be something in which you and your students may want to become involved: We need local committees for every component of Trump's 100 day plan. This is about building an informed and active citizenry.

What do you think? What successes have you had in your classroom around conversations post-election?

Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.

Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of her employer.

Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu) has worked as a public-school educator and administrator since 1997. She is a prolific writer best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator. Nielsen is the author of several books and her writing has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Tech & Learning.  

Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of her employer.