Other Politics

Flipped Classroom: A Lesson Plan for 2nd Year Intro to Canadian Politics

So this year, I had planned to flip my course, PO 263.  Unfortunately, by the time September rolled around, I couldn't make it happen so instead I went with incorporating the "learning catalytics" software into each class. So far, it's been really great!

Still, I wanted to try out the flipped model in the large class format and so I've decided to flip my Nov. 25 class on the Canadian judiciary.  Here's what I plan to do:

1) Pre-Class Activities
Students will:

Game Theory and Child Rearing

This morning, my two oldest kids were fighting over these dollar store, lightning mcqueen, checkers chips.  First, I tried to let them sort it out themselves, with predictable results (fighting, tears, and me in a fetal "ball").  Then, I imposed the power of the state by removing the chips from play completely, leaving the children with no chips (and more tears!).

The Flipped Classroom and Intro to Canadian Government and Politics: The First Day

Today was the first day of my 2nd year intro to Canadian government and politics class.  You can find the syllabus here.

As I blogged about previously, this year I will be using software to obtain instant feedback during class on whether students are learning the concepts and the materials that I am presenting to them.  I'm also using the software to facilitate discussion and teaching among the students themselves during lectures.