Teaching and Current Events

Our professor for our MET seminar, Dr. Franz, has asked us to take a more serious interest in current events as they pertain to teaching by reading at least two articles a week, summarizing the articles, and writing a sentence or two about how they will affect the classroom. I’ve been personally making an effort to stay mostly informed about what’s going on in the world, but I haven’t been keeping up with current events as well as I’d like to, so I thought I would try to keep myself better accountable by using my blog to post links to interesting articles and keep a record of the articles I’ve been reading for our assignment. I’d love for this to generate some discussion in the comments, so feel free to leave your thoughts on the topics I link. Please remember to keep the discussion respectful!

Home-Cooked Dinner Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Summary:

Home-cooked meals have been long held as a key way to promote family unity and have often been linked to higher GPAs and more dedicated students. However, new studies show that these home-cooked meals may not be as closely and exclusively linked to these attributes as previously thought, and the writer argues that putting stress on home-cooked dinners every night might actually be an impractical and stressful standard for families, especially mothers.

How does this relate to the classroom?

If home-cooked dinner time isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, teachers should be encouraging students and parents to pursue other forms of family time.

9c15c934ce626a4d65d5bc22664d22a6Low Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness

Summary:

Long time teachers can probably give you a list of all of the students that consistently caused problems and disrupted the classroom. However, the teacher featured in this article, Jean-Gabrielle Larochette, has been implementing mindfulness, a form of meditation and breathing techniques, to teach children how to learn to control themselves instead of just telling them to quit acting up.

How does this relate to the classroom?

I’m not terribly familiar with meditation techniques, but the article raises an important point that instead of telling kids to stop being disruptive, it might be extremely beneficial for students to be taught HOW to control themselves.

What are your thoughts? Is a home-cooked meal really all it’s made out to be? Is teaching self-control instead of expecting self-control reasonable? Tell me in the comments!

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