There is a phenomenon with my afternoon classes. Although class demographics are the same as in the morning, high school seniors who take Government in the afternoon tend to be less motivated, have lower grades, and don’t learn the material as well. In addition to normal classroom challenges, we also fight food comas, exhaustion, and the ever-present and always fun "Senioritis". Maybe not completely their fault, but these students seem a bit disinterested in learning.
Before leaving for iCivics training mid July, I assumed that the highlight of the trip would be meeting Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice. Upon returning from iCivics training, I’ve realized the true highlight was being able to meet and collaborate with twenty-two other motivated, creative, intelligent teachers who are the iCivics Teachers Council.
Are you a new teacher? Are you an experienced teacher trying to use more technology in your classroom? Are you a teacher looking for a new lesson plan? Do you have students that would rather play games on their smartphone then turn in their homework? If you are any of the above, then iCivics is the platform that will have your students playing educational games at night and during weekends. I’ve witnessed firsthand how connecting students to iCivics gets them more engaged in the classroom.