How to Turn Civics Students Into Engaged Citizens December 03, 2018 Erik Palmer, M.A.Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature This is the final post in our four-part Teaching the Constitution series of blogs about civics and U.S. Supreme Court cases. I taught civics for a number of years, and in truth, much of what was in the official curriculum was … Continue reading Civic Engagement! We need to teach it.
Images, Sounds, and Video: Teach Students How to Read Online October 09, 2018 Erik Palmer, M.A.Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature This blog post is part of a series focusing on media literacy. Once upon a time, stories were simple. We opened a book and read words printed in ink on paper. Maybe a couple … Continue reading Sound & Image Literacy
Teaching Internet Media Literacy in a Digital World September 20, 2018 Erik Palmer, M.A.Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature This blog post is part of a series focusing on media literacy. Recall that in my last blog, we defined media as the means of mass communication. We use media to spread messages. One way we … Continue reading Internet Literacy
Media literacy. There’s a lot of interest in it right now. A problem is that often educators think media literacy means understanding digital sites which means teaching students how to avoid being fooled by fake stories on Facebook. We need to change that. Let’s define media literacy correctly. Students cannot be media literate if they … Continue reading News Media Literacy
A dream is a regular idea with a fancy name. That’s all it is. It’s an idea that popped into the head. Understanding that is very important. Why? Have you ever had a bad idea? Ever looked back at something and thought, “Whoa. I shouldn’t have done that. That was a bad idea.” Be realistic: … Continue reading Don’t Follow Your Dreams!
I was reading a little article in AARP Magazine. (It wasn’t my magazine, he said, trying to not appear old. The magazine was delivered in error and the post office doesn’t ‘return to sender’ magazines, so thank you, subscriber Karen H., wherever you are.) It was called “Cheer Up!” I believe the intent was to … Continue reading Why so sad?
When teachers at Mission Viejo Elementary School came back from summer break, I was there. They wanted me to speak on the morning of the first day of work week. I have worked with hundreds of schools and districts across North America, and my presentation about how to teach students to speak well went … Continue reading Remember how important you are
I had a problem with being too nice. Because I once had a job that involved phone sales, I knew how hard the job is and I had a soft spot for those trying to make it work. So when someone would call, I’d be nice. I had no intention of ever buying the product … Continue reading Being nice is mean.
Why do fake posts work? We all see the news: trolls are posting fake stories. We all think, “That’s terrible!” We worry that our students will be duped. This is a serious problem. But we need to cure ourselves first. A friend shared a Facebook post: “Steve Jobs last words.” The claim was that on … Continue reading C’mon, people. Think about it.
A student turns in this paper: many people think that we should not have ginetticly modifyed foods we could be having health problems in the future if we eat them, Some studys say that they cause cancer. we should pass laws to stop this. What do you do? Options: A) Nothing. That’s just how kids … Continue reading How Educators Shortchange Speaking