Steal These Ideas: Curriculum From the 2020-21 New York Times Teaching Project

A yr in the past, The Learning Network fulfilled a longtime dream and welcomed 60 educators to the first-ever cohort of The New York Times Teaching Project. Now that members of this group are formally alums and we’ve welcomed a brand new cohort of 40, we wish to highlight only a fraction of the work they did, in the hope that it’d encourage you — whether or not you’ve ever taught with The Times or not.

Even given the near-daily upheaval of educating throughout a pandemic, our inaugural cohort managed to each give you imaginative methods to show with the information every day and design immersive semester-long curriculum tasks that engaged their college students in deeper work.

Perhaps the smartest thing about this group, in truth, was the neighborhood we constructed that helped get us all via what was a troublesome yr for lecture rooms and newsrooms. For us Learning Network editors, the insights these academics provided from colleges throughout the nation have been invaluable in serving to make our choices as responsive as potential. For our contributors, the cohort gave them like-minded colleagues with whom to collaborate, commiserate and create.

As one participant, Hannah Lipman, places it beneath in the “one-pager” she made throughout our remaining assembly, she bought “feedback that felt full of hope and heart” on the tasks she offered, and was “pushed to do better for my students by observing the greatness from our cohort.” As facilitators of the group, we couldn’t agree extra, and we have been “pushed to do better” too.

From the first put up we did collectively — the much-needed “80 Tips for Remote Learning From Seasoned Educators,” which went up simply earlier than the faculty yr started — to the cohort’s contributions to our every day options (like the thought on this Lesson of the Day for taking part in “Among Us” in the classroom) to their considerate visitor appearances on webinars like “Talking About Race and Racism in the Classroom,” we actually couldn’t have provided a few of our hottest options this yr with out the academics.

Thank you once more to those 60 educators for giving us a lot, so generously. We hope their concepts can encourage you, too.

Projects, Ideas, Webinars and More From Teaching Project Participants

Related Article: “‘I’m Teaching Into a Vacuum’: 14 Educators on Quarantine Learning” | Related Resource: 80 Tips for Remote Learning From Seasoned Educators

Credit…Julia Rothman

Below, we spotlight some “news you can use” in the type of only a few of the many contributions these academics made — and can proceed to make — towards the bigger objective of serving to others join curriculum with the world as we speak.

Over the coming months, we hope to publish extra about these concepts and lots of others. Stay tuned.

2020-21 Learning Network posts written by or that includes voices of Teaching Project educators:

80 Tips for Remote Learning From Seasoned Educators

News Groups: A Simple however Powerful Media Literacy Idea to Build Community

Sentences That Matter, Mentor and Motivate

A Simple Exercise For Encouraging Independent Reading

How Teachers and Students Use Our ‘Authentic, Powerful and Unafraid’ Student Editorials

2020-21 webinars with visitor appearances by Teaching Project educators:

Talking About Race and Racism in the Classroom Using The New York Times

Documenting Teenage Lives in Extraordinary Times

Supporting Independent Reading and Writing

Some 2020-21 curriculum tasks which will encourage concepts for you:

Each cohort member accomplished a curriculum venture that meaningfully embedded Times assets, from the articles, essays, graphs, pictures, movies and podcasts in the every day report back to the 150-plus years of data present in our archives. We have chosen a handful, beneath, in the hope that these tasks may ignite curriculum concepts for you.

Examining Climate Change Attitudes Through Data: Three science and math academics from throughout the nation, Alina Acosta (Denver), Sohum Bhatt (San Francisco), and Keshia Williams (Montgomery, Ala.), teamed up to make use of Times knowledge on attitudes towards local weather change to immediate college students to gather and share associated knowledge from their very own communities. They began by analyzing Times graphs on local weather change and selected a subject, like deforestation or local weather justice, to analysis additional. Following their evaluation and analysis, the college students created surveys, interpreted and displayed the outcomes by way of knowledge visualizations, after which wrote argumentative essays associated to the subject for the Learning Network’s annual Student Editorial Contest.

Considering Monuments and Memorializing: Jen Coleman, an English trainer in Alabama, used The 1619 Project as inspiration for a venture that invited college students to think about native Confederate monuments and ask: How ought to we memorialize the previous? Students every researched a particular monument, then selected an actual viewers of stakeholders — corresponding to state representatives or native newspaper readers — and wrote argumentative items aiming to influence them to undertake their views on what must be completed with that monument and why.

Redefining the American Dream: How do you outline the American Dream in 2021? That’s the query Kelsey Francis, an English trainer in New York, put to her college students, and requested them to reply by discovering articles, photographs, music and poetry that spoke to the theme, then to mirror by contemplating the query in gentle of what they discovered.

Telling the Truth Through Fiction: Kendra Radcliff paired tales from The Times’s Decameron Project, fiction written in response to the occasions of 2020, with traditional texts from the previous to ask her Atlanta college students to consider the position of fiction as the “lie through which we tell the truth.” In response, they every created a video that explored a common theme throughout texts.

Amplifying Indigenous Voices: How can we embrace extra Indigenous voices in the A.P. U.S. History curriculum? Erin Pinsky spent final yr answering that query as she enriched her course with details about each native Connecticut tribes and the experiences of tribes nationally. Via spotlights on public coverage subjects like tribal land sovereignty, voting rights and the impression of Covid-19 on native communities, Ms. Pinsky’s college students made connections between present information reviews and American historical past.

Understanding Identity and Community: During a college yr the place constructing neighborhood was extra necessary than ever, a number of contributors did tasks associated to id, all of them utilizing Times reporting as beginning factors. Jennifer Carlson’s English-language learners in Maryland explored the stereotypes and expectations others have positioned on some facet of their identities, after which created photograph essays to distinction these with the method they want the world to see them. Hannah Lipman’s center faculty college students in Louisville, Ky., developed a story collage that used the claim-evidence-reasoning protocol to indicate their particular person and collective understandings of the which means of neighborhood. Rebecca Temple’s college students in Mississippi created podcasts during which they interviewed the elders of their lives to be taught extra about their identities and cultures. And in Wisconsin, Claudia Felske’s English college students used the literacy educator Rudine Sims Bishop’s metaphor of books as mirrors, home windows and sliding glass doorways to learn a wide range of texts, then create a “Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors” reflection of their very own.

Investigating Civic Responsibility: “In a nation where individual beliefs frequently eclipse action on behalf of the collective good, students will conduct a yearlong investigation into how civic responsibility is viewed domestically and globally,” wrote Judi Freeman in her unique proposal. Beginning together with her personal Boston highschool, Judi’s venture related practically 400 college students in over 50 nations round the world. You can be taught far more about the outcomes of this venture, and take part your self, by visiting the web site created to help the venture.

Reflecting on Social Change Via Mathematical Modeling: Students in Avery Pickford’s precalculus class in San Francisco began through the use of the math-modeling course of to make sense of and mirror upon the objective of schooling, and the way this objective is related (or unconnected) to The U.S. News & World Report faculty rankings. Then, they labored in teams to stroll via the same course of on a Times-covered subject of their alternative related to social change, from psychological well being to the sustainability of tuna fishing to supporting incarcerated moms.

Tracing Issues Through History: In Mary Reid Munford’s classroom in Atlanta, college students traced a subject via American historical past to see what progress has — or hasn’t — been made. Studying points in the information like the War on Drugs and girls’s rights, college students answered the questions “What progress have we made? How and why was it made? What hasn’t changed? What progress do we need to make?” by way of the artistic medium of their alternative, whether or not a podcast, infographic, cartoon or video.

Imagining the Neighborhoods We Need: As a part of a yearlong action-research venture impressed by “The America We Need,” Sarah Garton’s college students in St. Paul, Minn., studied economics with a deal with social points by contemplating the issues impacting their geographic and ethnic communities. After selecting broad subjects, they researched the numerous societal buildings that influenced their chosen points, examined bias in reporting on the subject, then wrote their very own editorials in response.

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