Model United Nations!
Teacher: Stephanie Berry & Guests
Additional Fees: Conference Registration Fees (normally about $40-$50), depending on the number of conferences attending. Hotel fees may also be required. Students can work on fundraising at HuckleBerry to offset costs for this class.
We do not plan on attending Model UN conferences in the fall trimester.
Model United Nations is one of the fasting growing trends in collaborative learning, taking place for kids in middle school, high school, community colleges and universities. This is NOT a class about politics! In Model UN, the class is given a global issue to research, debate and create solutions to present to a group, and then vote on the merits of each solution that is presented. Love what the UN does? This class can help you understand how they do their work. DON'T LOVE what the UN does? This class will help you understand where the UN is broken, and what some countries are doing to try to fix, or move away from, the work that the UN is tackling. Either way, students will understand the complexities of global issues, AND they will work to understand solutions that have either already been suggested, or they will create their own! Students work together as a small team or individually to represent a country, and then get to work understanding a global issue, their countries current response to the issue, and solutions that they think help to solve the issue.
Issues we have tackled include: Making primary education accessable to all, global climate change, globalization, child marriage and female empowerment, refugee crises and more! We will take on issues that the UN has already ruled on, or may be dealing with right now. We will learn how to present ideas fully and persuasively, practice public speaking and logic, along with learning UN Debate procedures. Some students will feel comfortable being very vocal while debating the issue, and others will not. The forum for these events provides opportunities for all types of learners. Some students will shine in moderated debates where rules of procedure are in play, while others will prefer the unmoderated debates where they can meet with any team member and work to create collaborative solutions. Some will prefer to research while others will prefer to present. Either way, everyone will learn so much about geography, economic terms, current issues, how to research, and how to write a position paper.
A Crisis Committee will be available in all conferences for experienced Model UN students. This is essentially an experiential historical recreation where students take on the role of a pivotal person with the historical event, and role play that person to recreate history! Students are given direct links to documents that help them understand what happened in the event. Maybe it would be the Cuban Missile Crisis, or perhaps the Gulf War. Two or more teams, unable to see each other, will recreate history while a Crisis Center will run the world they are living in. Their requests to the Crisis Center might be granted, partially granted, or denied based on how well they explain their actions. One team's actions will almost certainly affect the other team, and quick and inventive thinking will rule the day!