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  • Building lessons around current events encourages critical thinking

    In the age of testing, can schools teach critical thinking? This is an important question which needs to be answered by educational institutions.

    Discussing current events in the classroom can effectively help in promoting critical thinking in the classroom. This is primarily due to the fact that Current events cover a wide range of subjects and connects to all areas of the curriculum.

    Some of the other benefits are: –

    • Builds language, vocabulary, reading comprehension, critical thinking, problem-solving, oral expression, and listening skills.
    • Develops informed citizens and lifelong newsreaders. Studying current events helps students understand the importance of people, events, and issues in the news; it stimulates students to explore and learn more about the news, and to pay attention to the news they see and hear outside of school.
    • Provides a “writing model” Students can learn by imitating the clear, concise style of news writing.
    • Help teachers teach media literacy skills.
    • Opens up communication between students and parents. Students are often eager to emulate their parent’s news reading behaviors, and talking about the news is one way for parents to engage students in adult conversation.
    • Offers ideal opportunities for cooperative-group instruction, classroom discussions and debates, purposeful follow-up writing, and much more.

    Active learning

    Teaching about world, nation, state, and local happenings helps in promoting active learning instead of passive. This means a lot of hands-on, multidisciplinary activities rather than the ones where the teacher or some student reports while everyone else pretends to listen.

    How this could be done in the classroom?

    • Choose a page at random from the paper and have your class use it to construct the week’s spelling word list.
    • Have younger students find and cut out pictures to show these shapes: square, rectangle, triangle, circle, cone, hexagon, and pentagon.
    • Choose, as a group, one story from the newspaper. Read the story together.

    Students who study news or watch TV news in school are more interested in current events and develop critical thinking abilities, according to a report from the National Centre for Education Statistics. Learning at KPS is not passive and we encourage active learning through regular news discussions, debates, and guest lectures.

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