Relating current events or real world issues to the curriculum is an appealing teaching strategy. But the numerous ways to teach with news are dauntingly diverse and not easily shared with other teachers.
That’s why we’re looking to collect your stories, anecdotes and classroom tips at this blog entry, “Teacher to Teacher.”
Since experiences vary widely, our goal is to gather all manner of reports and stories, regardless of age level, subject taught, or other variables. As our collective “collage” of classroom experience grows, consistent themes, different strategies, or educational insights may emerge. In the meantime, sharing your story, technique or strategy can be immediately useful to others, not to mention morale building for us all, adding yet another teacher sufficiently dedicated to the value of teaching with news to share in our community effort.
Since you are reading this blog, I assume you are reasonably confident of your tech skills. You’re also probably aware that the “Web 2.0” internet is bubbling over with technological innovations and communication tools with broad implications for teaching with news as well as online collaborations. These will be topics for future discussion, and possible implementation as our project progresses.
But for now, I want to emphasize just the opposite tack with technology.
Please help energize this “Teacher to Teacher” section by reaching out to friends and colleagues who may be interested in teaching with news but might feel skittish, for any number of good reasons, about posting a comment to a blog.
Email is the only tool needed to actively join our collaboration. I am happy to discuss concerns, answer questions, and communicate directly with you or any teacher by private email. I am sending my email address directly to each person who signs up using the box in the right hand column and you have my encouragement to share it with anyone interested in contacting me.
NOW would be a great time to share a teaching with news experience, whether it be a short note, extensively detailed report, or anything in between.
Just click on the Comment button below or email me directly. Please mention resources you use, and the age level and subject area relevant to your experience.
THANK YOU!! Your story will help others gain a real-world understanding of how the real world impacts student learning. And it’s a crucial element of our NewsHour Teacher Center project: to build a community of teachers helping each other engage, inspire and thrive.