Osama and newsreaders

May 2, 2011

Mr. Kunkle began assembly with thoughts on the breaking news about the death of Osama bin Laden. As a group, we seemed silent, not quite sure what to say – do you cheer the death of an individual who is a terrorist? What does the name bin Laden mean to a generation who were the very young on the day of 9/11?

I am in my ninth grade English class right now, giving time to check news sources, follow with a chalk talk and then a discussion about what this day, this headline, means to them.

Simply how the room is configured, I am able to see many of my students screens an am very pleased with what I see: a scholarly navigation of some of the best news sources out there–BBC, NYT, WP, NPR, twitter feeds, HuffPo, IHT, WSJ. The ninth grade focus on current global issues has taught them valuable skills to navigate the complexities of the everyday world. As well, the 1:1 status of Gould, eradicates the “I have a laptop and can do this work and you don’t have one and can’t.”

Onto the chalk talk and the discussion.

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