Strategies for using The Change Agent to Teach Online.
This webinar excerpt is a lightning talk from part 12 of the EdTech Center’s Distance Ed Strategy Session series recorded on June 26th, 2020. Riva Pearson, from JVS Hyde Park ESOL Program, shared remote reading instructional strategies for using articles for The Change Agent, a biannual magazine of student writing published by the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC) at World Education.
Find the Main Idea.
Uses an article from the “Hair” issue (#46) by a young man from Nicaragua who leaves his mother behind when he comes to the U.S. and promises not to cut his hair until he sees her again. The activity drills down on the mechanics of finding the main idea, but we also talk about how powerful and moving student writing can provide scaffolding to literacy experiences that students might not otherwise be drawn to, and these experiences can build trust and community in the classroom.
Using Google Slides to Teach from the Mental Health Issue (#52).
Need resources for the remote classroom? Check out this new feature of The Change Agent: our articles adapted for Google slides! This 8-minute video describes how you can use four slideshows from the “Mental Health” issue as-is or adapt them to fit the needs of your students.
Use Our Mental Heath Issue to Teach Students to Investigate Scientific Claims. Investigate the science behind the claims! In our mental health issue, there are 10 articles (on pp. 46-56) where writers share strategies that support their mental health. Each article also includes a box discussing the science behind the claim and pointing readers to a source for more information. This 8-minute video describes how you can use these stories — both for the powerful message the writer is sharing and as a way to investigate the science behind mental wellness.