Thinking about CHANGEd: What if we offered courses in News and Studio Hall? 60-60-60 #15 and reflecting…
When I was teaching sixth grade, I often used CNN Student News as a jumping off point for conversation and then for deep(er) examination of current events. If I were in the classroom today, I’d do things very differently because it became seriously tempting to rely solely on that site and the ten minute news clip. News time became easy time…and it shouldn’t be that.
So..what if I were teaching a class where “various points of entry for current events and modern journalism could be explored … [in a] transdisciplinary and PBL-rich” way? Then I’d be contemplating how these four things (written on a post-it note during my social studies curriculum work time earlier today) could inform my time with students.
As I think about it, I don’t think I’ve even seen a teacher shift from current events (plural) to current event (singular). It’s often such a surface-skim of events and rarely do students have the opportunity to dig deep. Just today, I’ve seen tweets, received emails, and had conversations about the Trayvon Martin case. What if every student were asked to explore one piece of “news” related to this young boy. What pieces of news would they bring in? How could a teacher leverage technology to have students collect diverse news items and reflect independently prior to the discussion in class? How would they analyze their news in the presence of twenty other unique pieces?
If a class took only these three articles, there’d be a deeper understanding and lots of room for discussion and debate than if only one student brought in one of these articles.
- NYT: The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin
- Nightly News: Black Families Worry for Their Sons
- Huffington Post: Trevon Martin and the Implications for Teacher Perceptions of Students
But what could a student or a class do with this?