In the Upper Unit, students get the opportunity to effect change in their classroom through the democratic process. At monthly Democratic Meetings, the students get together to form committees, craft proposals, and present them to the class. Proposals need to receive support of at least 90% of the class to pass and students will often need to rework their proposals in order to garner the support of their classmates.
This experience will serve the Upper Unit well in May when they travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Montessori Model United Nations, where they will take part in committees to discuss pressing global issues and attempt to craft proposals to bring forward to the General Assembly.
This year we have had several successful proposals, including making a classroom quilt and bringing in a GoFish aquarium. We look forward to seeing what else the class comes up with this year.