It gives students the chance to interact with the Electoral College and puts them in touch with massive amounts of influential data in simpler ways, empowering you to teach complex topics more efficiently.
There are TWO ways to run this contest in your classroom:
- If you want to see and monitor student maps, add the Election Challenge to a FANgeopolitics or FANpolitics league (even if you’re not playing one of those) so that student maps are organized into one of your leagues. This is another benefit of being a paid subscriber!
- If you don’t need to see and monitor student maps (but just want everyone to fill them out as you use it to teach better), direct all students to the red button at the top of fanschool.org to fill out a map on their own for free.
Your friends and family can also make predictions and compete for civic competence with us! Students will click a checkbox indicating they’re a student, entering them into our giant student contest to compete for classroom curriculum and cash prizes.
Anyone and everyone can share their maps on facebook and challenge their friends.
Choose a few of the essential questions on the Teacher site to design a lesson or integrate into your curriculum.
“Is the Electoral College fair?” or “Is voting for President most important?” are much better and deeper questions than “Does your vote count?”
These types of questions will come up as students fill out their Election Challenge maps. And the answers to these questions are everywhere — you just need to guide students to the good stuff, which is the entire purpose of our Teacher site!
The Electoral College, for instance, is just one attempt at ensuring the American crowd (aka “the eligible voting population”) doesn’t get carried away. It’s representative government in a nutshell.
Tell students that. Then get them thinking more critically about whether or not it’s the best system for democracy to thrive during a Presidential election cycle.
The National Popular Vote bill is one interesting solution to the contradictions of the Electoral College and could be a good one to discuss with students.
Check out All-Star Teacher @MrHuesken’s fantastic discussion guide for topics like the ones above. And dive into other links and lesson plans there with students too! Remember, those that do the work do the learning.
Use our collection of resources to help students stay curious and design time for them to research and respond.