So, last time I had APUSGOV, the incumbent state senator came to class, and today his opponent came in. He sat at a student desk (horseshoe set-up, if you were wondering), had coffee and donuts with us, and was generally low-key, so his visit felt the most like a casual morning chat. Things my students asked about: health care, affordable housing, jobs, the opioid crisis, the environment, gun laws, campaign finance reform, school vouchers, voting rights, and law school (b/c both the candidate and his campaign manager went, and I have students considering it). It was good, and I think we all enjoyed it.
I saw a bunch of my APUSGOV students in flex, too, because they have group projects due next week. A few groups used the time to rehearse, and have me look over their work. We also just talked about current events: the midterms, the pipe bombs, the general mood in the country…
In World/English, Mrs. T mostly ran the show. We put students in book groups, and she gave them a list of discussion prompts (like…. what would happen if a character in your book came to high school with you for a day, what decision did a character make that you would have made differently, etc…). They had to choose three to answer, then share their answers with the class. I loved listening in on their conversations as they worked. We had an observer- a student who is considering a teaching career- listening in, too, which was neat. She got to see how we drew out responses when kids got stuck, that kind of thing.
She missed the epic game of Flyswatter that we played after all the groups had shared, though.
Flyswatter is a vocab game that does, in fact, involve using flyswatters. All the vocab words are written on the board. I give a definition, and two students race from the back of the room to hit the correct word with the flyswatter. The first one who does gets the point. It was loud, and competitive, and amazing.