There are many reasons to become a teacher, not the least of which is the chance to prepare students for the world that awaits them.
Beyond cornerstones like reading and writing, and math and science, an understanding of how to be a critical thinker is one of the most important skills a teacher can impart. But how best to do it and show students the relevance that critical thinking skills can have in their everyday lives?
This is where the News Literacy Project (NLP) can lend a hand. The NLP is a national education nonprofit offering nonpartisan, independent programs that teach students how to know what to believe in the digital age.
According to the NLP, there are more than 11,700 teachers in all 50 states and in 86 countries using the curriculum – and that includes Erin Milburn, an English teacher in Mercer County, Kentucky, who deployed the NLP’s Checkology virtual classroom to help her students sort fact from fiction. Students responded with comments like “This type of learning made me think outside of the box and deeper than I normally would” and “This is a skill that will help me greatly through college.”1