When I committed to devote 5-7 minutes of class every day to a current event, I didn't realize what would unfold (although I definitely hoped). We have had meaningful conversations about the 2012 presidential elections, the election of the new Catholic Pope, President Obama's visit to Israel and the West Bank, Malala's attack from the Taliban, the Sandy Hook School shooting, North Korea's threats, the Boston Marathon shooting, and so on. The students have shared their opinions, their concerns about the world, their hopes that things will turn out.
And these students that I teach are a part of the history. The world around them is happening and pretty soon they are going to realize that the decisions they make, their country makes, the world makes, are what will fill the pages of their children's textbooks. They don't necessarily see that now, but they will.
Have faith in these kiddos--they see and care about things outside of them. They have power within them. We just have to direct them and give them tools think and they will do great things.
**The photos in this post aren't directly tied to current events, but rather just a glimpse into my classroom and teaching life. The first and third photos are of my students hard at work on a research project. The second photo is of my students participating in the BYU MUN Conference back in November. The last photo is of my students with their letters to the United Nations, requesting aid for a major issue in an African country.