Web Seminar on Building Literacy Skills Through Visual Journalism
On September 27, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (ET), two New York TimesLearning Network editors, a Times video journalist, and a classroom teacher will host a freewebinar entitled “Picture This: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills With New York Times Photos, Videos, and Infographics.” During the webinar, the presenters will introduce some quick ways any teacher can find and use Times visual journalism to enliven their curriculum, help students practice literacy skills, and encourage connections between the classroom and the world. Whether using an interactive infographic to make history personal, a three-minute science video to illustrate a concept, a mysterious photograph to teach the skill of finding evidence, or an editorial cartoon as a writing prompt, participants will learn myriad ways that the vast visual offerings of the Times online can complement almost any curriculum. Online registrationis open to join the free live webinar or to receive a link to stream the recorded webinar.
University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) has shared “Guidelines for Discussing Difficult or High-Stakes Topics” to help educators facilitate classroom discussion around controversial issues.
Teachers nationwide are considering how to support students who may be traumatized by images of violence at the United States Capitol on January 6. Some school districts are offering counseling services for students, giving them opportunities to share.
The events of January 6, 2021, may generate feelings of fear or anger in students. Teachers can create a space, whether in the physical classroom or on a remote learning platform, for students to express discomfort and feelings of anger or distress that may emerge from discussing these events.