Teaching Current Events

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During a recent interview, I was asked how I could possibly gather 500 teaching tips (which were the basis of a recent book). “Where did all that creativity come from,” the reporter wanted to know. My reply:

The creativity comes from being responsive to the world around us. For example, a news article about “Snowbamas” (iced desserts served to the Obama family while in Hawaii) could easily learn to a wonderful lesson on portmanteaux (just in case you forgot this is namely “a word formed by blending sounds from two or more distinct words and combining their meanings.”).

Regarding teaching tips, new teachers might try a number of techniques–probably one a week or every two weeks. If the method works, it becomes part of their professional repertoire. If not, they discard it. Then, they try the next technique and so on.

By Marlene Caroselli, Ed.D

Yesterday’s current events questions are today’s critical thinking questions and every day http://www.LessonTech.blogspot.com selects a current events articles and posts questions
about it to promote discussion in the classroom.

Make sure to bookmark this site (http://www.LessonTech.blogspot.com) as these questions make great essay prompts and provide wonderful ways to contextualize in all subject areas (there’s always an option for younger grade levels too)!

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