#ClasskickChat Recap: How can we make sure that students
are informed about what's going on around the world?
You may have seen 50 Ways to Teach with Current Events from The New York Times or 25 Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events from Education World, but whether you are teaching social studies or geometry, your students are likely walking in asking questions and talking about the world around them.
Are you and your students discussing:
the U.S. Presidential candidates and debates?
the controversy surrounding the Cleveland Indians' mascot?
ISIS activity in Mosul?
What are some best practices for addressing their concerns in all content areas?
This was the premise for our Tuesday, November 1st #ClasskickChat. Here's how the conversation started:
As educators, it sounds like the majority of us are getting our daily or weekly news from social media and online sources. Do you think that our students are doing the same?
How do we address our students regarding current events?
It seems we recognize that we have an exceptional amount of influence on students and the way they perceive the world. To that end, we strive to present both sides in an unbiased way, ensuring students are forming their own opinions and respectfully agreeing or disagreeing with one another.
The conversation then shifted to the specific elements of current events being discussed in classrooms:
While we want our students to have role models they can relate to, we are also concerned that "famous" teenagers may have become famous for less-than-ideal reasons. This is such a struggle for educators looking to highlight celebrities in current events!
If students are coming to us with questions about the world, how can we help them?
Here's what the Classkick community thought:
When a news story is big enough to affect all of our students, such as a school shooting, it sounds like we take the time to ensure students get their concerns addressed. Besides those moments, we try to keep students on track with the content that we are teaching.
When we do want to engage students in thinking about current events, how do we get them to reflect?
Here's what Classkick Teachers discussed:
Teachers agree that students should be writing in response to events that are occurring, although we struggle to find the time to help students discuss these issues with people outside of our schools.
The last question asked for a deeper dive into our classrooms and how we help students discuss current events with each other:
See you next month - Tuesday, December 6th - at 5pm Central. Join our Facebook community to continue the discussion beyond Twitter and to view monthly topics and discussion questions.