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Someone on Twitter tweeted this...http://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/Looks like a good resource. Continue
Tags: boston, issues, contemporary, terrorism
Started by Jeff Kohls Apr 21.
The recent, tragic, theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado stands to be the worst in U.S. history. The event is sure to start many, many debates about gun control, public safety, violence in the…Continue
Tags: shooting, gun, colorado
Started by Jeff Kohls Jul 22, 2012.
I'd like to share this link that Rebecca Ellis (@Becky_Ellis at Twitter) shared that seem to be pertinent questions for how to detect bias in the media. …Continue
Started by Jeff Kohls Aug 17, 2011.
Hey there, anyone willing to share their syllabus or curriculum map for their class?
Started by Jeff Kohls. Last reply by Jeff Kohls Aug 8, 2011.
We wanted to share our most recent Week in Rap related activity, the Week in Map: http://blog.flocabulary.com/spotlight-on-the-week-in-map/
You can use it to teach geography with current events.
A 9/11 assignment - I teach a class of seniors that meets every other day on a modified block schedule. I had them on Wed and Fri of the week preceding 9/11. The assignment was to go out into our rural community and interview people with specific questions relating to 9/11/01. I also sent along video cameras for them to use if the interviewee obliged. I will attach the paper my students used.
In addition, on Friday, with the class of seniors, I had "story time" and read the children's book, 14 Cows for America. 2nd grade style, I moved the students to the front of the room, had them sit on the floor, and sat on a stool in the front. After the initial giggles from the situation, they were riveted as I read the story, and by the end, you could've heard a pin drop. It was an emotional time for sure.
Thanks for the reply Jeff. My school also uses Facts and File and I used articles from the Issues and Controversies for current events this past school year. I had not thought of online newspapers. Our school once got newspapers from The Times-Picayune but they discontinued school service following Hurricane Katrina.
I recently found a new website called izzit.org that emails me daily current events and possible discussion questions. I'm looking forward to introducing these into my class next year.
I'd like to introduce you to our free current events educational offerings from the PBS NewsHour at pbs.org/newshour/extra. Take a look and let me know what you think!
I am especially wondering how you would use the "Student Voices" in the classroom and what might be missing to make them valuable teaching tools from your perspectives. Here are some examples:
Do you think those Student Voices could benefit from related worksheets, classroom activities, etc? What would be most valuable to you as teachers? Thanks!
I am really looking forward to being a part of this awesome group of educators. Quick question - where is the best place to find current events or news about contemporary issues for middle school students - in other words, not so elementary and not too hard either?
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