As a Social Studies teacher, I want to make sure that students do know what’s going on in the world and how it might affect them. I know my particular students have a hard time seeing the value in discovering what’s happening in other countries; so if we have time I put on some of the BBC’s videos of the popular news events (we usually do enough reading by the end of the class). Some of the students really seem to get into them but others ask “Why should I care?” etc.
I always say that the world is more connected than they think, try to explain globalization, or to see the example that another country is setting. What do you tell your students? Should we even be teaching current events?
- ohaisamrob answered: Creating parallels, showing connections to our lives, and proving how history easily repeats itself are how my teachers made events tie in.
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- alisciachicklen answered: yes, and also comparing it to events of the past too!
- sua-desde-13-12-11 answered: I don’t know
- i-love-you-a-lot answered: Yea. You should be teaching current events. Just make everything exciting so they will pay attention.
- bookwho answered: You need to because in a few years, we’ll be dealing with the fallout of whatever is happening now.
- ronproulx answered: perhaps a good way to gain interest is to bring global challenges to something smaller, more local, eg easier to assess.
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- musicalbunny18 answered: Next term is our current events in the Pacific benchmark. I think that kids should know what’s going on in the world since it affects them.
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