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Election Day 2020

Laura Grill
November 3, 2020

I remember when I was a child and I listened to older people talking about memorable moments. For example, my father remembers when Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon.

I remember where I was September 11th, 2001 as I watched in disbelief as the twin towers fell.

What will be the memorable moments that our children remember?

Today is Election Day. Will this be a memorable moment for our children? It feels different to me than other Election Days.

In 2008 I lived in California teaching third grade at an independent school many years ago. We covered the election - specifically the primaries. One family even hosted a Super Tuesday party for the entire class and their families.

Our election unit was memorable for my students and for myself because of the cohesive community experience (much like many teachers, students and families are feeling now through their SchoolHouse pods!).

We had guest speakers explain why they had chosen certain political parties (Conservative Republican, Fiscal Republican, Middle of the Road Democrat and a more liberal Democrat. My students created charts to understand the differences. They looked at maps to see how different states carried different votes, and looked at the statistics from the polls. They learned about the significance of

We learned about the electoral college, and the process of voting. This unit was memorable because our class community was diverse. The parent body was diverse. This unit brought us closer in terms of understanding differences.

Regardless of what happens this week, let us continue to work together to understand and respect differences. Let us model for our children that we can work together to build better communities and a better world.