West's Wise Ones

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Why are we studying Current Events?

September 5, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

So, why are we offering this class? Take a look at what studies show:

  • Students who use newspapers tend to score higher on standardized achievement tests — particularly in reading, math, and social studies — than those who don’t use them.
  • Newspapers help teach students to be effective readers.
  • Newspapers can help develop and improve student vocabulary, word recognition skills, and comprehension.
  • Newspapers are effective tools for teaching many math concepts, particularly fractions, decimals, currency, and averages.
  • In surveys, students overwhelmingly support the use of newspapers in the classroom and have a positive attitude toward reading newspapers.
  • Newpapers increase awareness of and interest in current events.
  • Students who read newspapers in school tend to continue reading them when they become adults.

– See more at: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr084.shtml#sthash.KtaF5DAg.dpuf

What do you think?
How do you think this class can help you?
What are your expectations?
This is your first assignment… You must reply to this to earn your first points.

Joshua’s Heart

February 12, 2014 by · 3 Comments · Inspirational!

Joshua’s heart

What a great story!

Here are some questions to help prod your brain!

  • Why is Joshua so focused on ending hunger?
  • What causes people to go hungry in the United States and around the world? What can we do to stop the problem in the long term?
  • Are there hungry people near you? ¬†How might you help them?

Your response will be given points  depending on your thought process.


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