Use newspapers in class

At the beginning of each class, I give my students about a half an hour to look through a newspaper[er to find out what’s going on both locally and nationally. I then use the Today’s Issues teaching guide with the Experience TODAY lesson plan to discuss a topic such as risk-taking.

I have students look through the paper for examples of people in the news that are taking risks or placing themselves in difficult situations. We have been talking about Topic 2: HIV, AIDS and other STDs this week, and we use the paper and the case study from Today’s Issues to determine what a person could have done differently to avoid taking the sort of risks that result in negative repercussions. Students discuss what they would have done differently, or where a person could turn to, e.g., a state health agency, for help or support.

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How to Use News to Teach

If I take into consideration all of the programs that I use, including my basic math and reading programs, USA TODAY ranks at the top for stimulating student interest.

The paper enables me to provide students with hard examples of how math, reading, science and social studies affect our daily lives. The paper provides a colorful, organized, current document that students and teachers can refer to, which brings to life, in a dramatic way, our everyday curriculum.

After letting students first skim the paper, I assign them a number of stories to read from each section, e.g., four stories from NEWS, two from SPORTS, etc. The students are allowed to read any stories that they want, and they must tell me the “Five Ws” of each story: the who?; what?; when?; where?; and why? contained in their stories.

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Discovering the Best Colleges in Maryland

Maryland is home to more than 100 great higher education institutions many of them located in the bustling and lively Baltimore area. Although every student has different needs, interests and personal circumstances that influence what they would consider the best college to suit their needs there are some schools that are generally considered to stand out as the best colleges in Maryland. Here is a little about just a few of them.

Best Colleges in Maryland – Johns Hopkins University – Mention the subject of the best colleges in Maryland and many people’s thoughts will immediately turn to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University. Although it is located primarily in the heart of Baltimore the school does have a satellite campus in nearby Washington DC – The School of Advanced International Studies.

Johns Hopkins is known and renowned worldwide for the excellence of its teaching and the innovation of its research, especially in the fields of applied science and medicine.

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All About the Best Colleges in Alabama

Alabama is home to some great colleges and universities, including some of the most prestigious higher learning institutes in the South. Here is a little information about just some of the best colleges in Alabama:

Best Colleges in Alabama – the University of Alabama – Founded in 1831 the University of Alabama is the largest higher education institution in the state with an average annual enrollment of just under 20,000 students.

The main campus is located in the northern half of the state in Tuscaloosa and is especially renowned for its specialist double major offerings in fields like marine science with biology, chemistry or geology, all of which lead to bachelors degrees.

To learn more about the University of Alabama you can visit the school’s website at ua.edu

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Discovering the Best Colleges in Oregon

Oregon is a state known for its natural beauty, its strong lumber and fishing industries and its commitment to eco-friendliness among other things. The state is also home to almost 100 different higher education institutions, from community colleges to prestigious private and public four-year colleges and universities, which all together offer educational offerings to suit any student, no matter what their academic interests. Although all of these schools are excellent in their own way here is a little about five of the best colleges in Oregon:

Best Colleges in Oregon – Oregon State University (OSU) – This prestigious co-ed university was founded in 1856 and is located in Corvallis, Oregon. The school is especially well known for its research opportunities offered to students at all levels – OSU’s programs in nuclear engineering, ecology, forestry, public health, biochemistry, zoology, oceanography, food sciences, and pharmacy technology are all consistently ranked amongst the best in the nation.

You can learn more about OSU by visiting the school’s official website at oregonstate.edu

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The Real Meaning Of Education

Education does not mean that a person has a folder full of degrees, it means having an appropriate disposition towards life, towards fellow beings, towards your country. Does this statement seem ambiguous to you? If yes, keep reading this piece of writing to understand what we mean by this statement.

There are a number of so-called educated people around us who boast of having the best of the degrees from the best of universities around the globe but when it comes handling the problems of their life, they fail to do so. They keep complaining about the problems of their life and can not make out how to tackle that problem.

If a person can not do this simple task then what the purpose of education is. An educated person is the one who is appreciative of the turns of the life and understands that it is a common phenomenon of life and problems are also a part and parcel of life, and most parents do that excellently.

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Parents: The Best Teachers of Their Children

Parents are enjoying a revival of respect from authorities as significant contributors to their children’s learning. For many years parents suffered from low self-esteem and lack of confidence in their ability to teach their children.

Much of this was promoted by well-intentioned educators. Fortunately, this is changing, thanks to current research. The experts are now proclaiming what many people intuitively knew all along — that parents are the most significant people in their children’s lives.

It has been assumed by some people that the way children are educated is through contact with a professional in a classroom or a center. Burton White of Harvard says that is not the way it is going to happen, nor is it the way it should happen.

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Newspaper reading in class

Letter from a teacher in Hyattsville, Maryland

I have two classes – one of the 5th-7th graders and one of the 8th-12th graders – in which I use newspapers to strengthen the speaking and reading skills of my students. We do a shared reading activity where each student chooses an article of interest, summarizes it for the entire class and then shares his or her opinion on it. The other students give their input and add their opinions. This is a great exercise in strengthening their speaking and listening skills.

To strengthen their writing skills, I give them the opportunity to write creatively. They select an article to read, and then they write a ledger, a short story or an essay about it. Other times I cut out appropriate headlines from the paper and give them to my students, challenging them to write a short story based only on the headline.

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How we teach reading at our Kansas high school

Letter from Immaculata High School, Leavenworth, Kansas

Quad-peat! Yes, we have done it again. For the fourth straight year Immaculata High School, Leavenworth, Kansas, has achieved the Kansas State Standard of Excellence in Reading. What an achievement! We have tried many different avenues to help our students become better readers.

About ten years ago we installed a 15-minute reading period into our schedule on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. During the period we do nothing but read. And for the third straight year, one of the materials read is a newspaper. The students, faculty, and staff love to read it. And obviously, it has helped us reach our Standards of Excellence. Thanks to all of you at the paper, USA TODAY, for helping us reach our goal.

The creation of relevant, effective high school electives is a challenge principals often face. We aim to provide electives that complement the existing educational program, are meaningful to the students, and reflect the overall philosophy and vision of the school.

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Use the news for education purposes

Letter from a teacher in Florida

As a veteran teacher, I had heard these comments numerous times during the course of a day from students in classrooms throughout the school. I would commiserate with my colleagues daily asking them for suggestions on how to get our students involved in reading with the hope that at some point they would even enjoy it. Through the course of my career, I had seen so many reading programs come and go, but the results never met my expectations.

Two years ago, I had an opportunity to see a presentation of an education program by one of America’s leading newspapers and really liked everything about it. I went back to my school and wrote a grant which partially funded a project that I had been wanting to implement for a long time.

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