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Current Events Club! (Elementary)

We meet weekly to learn about current events while having fun with trivia, games, Jeopardy, jokes, and more! Drop in any day for a current events discussions and games!
Erik, Professor, J.D, MS, BS
801 total reviews for this teacher
52 reviews for this class
Completed by 388 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does an β€œOngoing” course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Sat Aug 13

Meets Once per week
12:30am - 1:25am
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.
8 learners enrolled
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
1.  Students will learn about current events on a weekly basis.
2.  Students will have a short public speaking opportunity at the beginning of each class. 
3.  During the school year (September-June) there are free current event magazines for students.

I have been involved in speech and debate as a student and educator my entire life.  I learned more in my Speech and Debate Club than all my high school, college and law school classes combined. I joined the Speech and Debate Team at my middle school because I was very shy of public speaking. I have been hooked in speech and debate since! 

I received my B.A. from U.C Berkeley, Jurist Doctorate from Hastings College of Law, and Masters Degree in Education at Pace University.  In 2002 I was accepted to Teach for America and I have been teaching since. I have been a public school teacher for ten years with the New York City Department of Education and taught speech and debate classes for about ten years with thousands of NYC students. My debaters have gone on to win city, state and national champion titles. I currently serve as Professor at Baruch College in the Communications Studies Department. I teach Debate and Argumentation classes as well as Political Rhetoric. 

As a teacher I helped to co-found the Big Apple Debate League which is now the NY Debate League. In 2011, I founded our city's Debate League with the mission that every middle school and high school should have a debate team. I served as Founder and Executive Director from 2011-2019 building the league into the largest citywide debate league in the nation, serving thousands of students every year.  In 2020, I left the nonprofit world, and I returned to my passion as a full time teacher! 

I have received numerous awards in education including the United States Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers Fellowship, Fund for Teachers Fellowship, Plank Foundation Fellowship, and Teach for America Innovation Award Finalist.

I love teaching. My grandparents, parents and my brother are all educators. There is nothing more fun than sharing your passion with others. 

My philosophy of teaching is learning should be fun and challenging.  I always begin my classes with current events trivia.  My lectures are interactive with movie clips, songs, puzzles and other engaging tools.  We always practice our public speaking and debate skills. All my classes end with a fun and competitive speech and debate practice or tournament.  My mission is all students should have access to speech and debate.

Press. Below are some news articles about me and my debaters! I owe everything to my own debate teacher and coach and so everyday my mission is to support future debaters! 

1. First Lady Michelle Obama Honors Erik and the Great Debaters

2. Bronx debate team one of 12 school groups nationally to get visit with Michelle Obama

3. New York City Teacher Creates After School Debate League Lauded by the White House
Current Event Public Speaking Assignment: students can upload a short public speaking assignment each week for the class on a current event of their choice. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
1. Weekly Current Event Public Speaking Assignment
2. Weekly Trivia Game
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
This class will cover the major headlines of the week, student news sources such as CNN10, and whatever topics students bring up.  As a result, please be aware that some topics and discussions will include mature, sensitive and controversial topics such as crime (example - gun violence), war (example - Palestine-Israeli Conflict, racism (example - George Floyd) and other topics. So I would recommend this class for more mature upper elementary students who have prior knowledge and experience learning about these topics. I try my best to balance each lesson with an array of topics from humorous to inspirational to controversial to political to environmental to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to fun. My goal is to get students excited about current events and reading and watching the news.  


Erik, Professor, J.D, MS, BS
Lives in the United States
Be Great! Be a Great Debater!
801 total reviews
303 completed classes

About Me

Hi Everyone!  I have been involved in speech and debate as a student and educator my entire life.  I learned more on my Speech and Debate Club than all my high school, college and law school classes combined. I joined the Speech and Debate Team at...Β 
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