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Current Events Club (Ongoing)

In this ongoing club for middle school students, we will discuss, speak, debate, present and read current events on a weekly basis. Each class is jam packed with current events, trivia, games, contests, and lots of jokes!
Erik, Professor, J.D, MS, BS
781 total reviews for this teacher
87 reviews for this class
Completed by 688 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

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πŸ”₯ This class is in high demand! 2 of 5 classes have sold out.

Next on Thu Jul 7

Meets Once per week
11:35pm - 12:30am
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.
14 learners enrolled

Next on Fri Jul 8

Meets Once per week
10pm - 10:55pm
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.
Only one spot remaining

Next on Thu Jul 14

Meets Once per week
1:30am - 2:25am
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.
10 learners enrolled
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Class Experience

1. Independent Reading
Our Weekly Current Events Reading makes reading, writing and learning the news fun and a daily habit for children. Students will read short articles every day. They will always find an interesting topic to read! Students will improve their non-fiction literacy and learn more about the outside world. Please, note during the summer months, the weekly publications are on break.

2. Vocabulary, Geography, Critical Thinking and More! 
Our current events reading have vocabulary lists, activities and assessments. Students can create their own dictionary of unfamiliar words; they can add to their log each day with each edition.

3. Games, Trivia, Contests, Prizes and More!
Each week in class we will have games, trivia and contests on our daily current events readings. And what is a game without Prizes! 
I have been teaching current events classes for ten years as a New York City School Teacher and another ten years as a full time debate teacher and director. With degrees in Political Science, Law, Social Studies, and United States History - current events has been my lifelong passion! 

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 Events Reading: Students will be expected to read 10-15 minutes daily on current events.
Students will receive a free weekly current events magazine subscription from September-June and during summer months we have several online websites we will use.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
1.  Student Presentations on Current Events
2.  Current Events Trivia: We start and end each class with Current Events Trivia
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
We will be discussing current events ranging from environmental issues to human rights to politics. I understand that current events can be controversial. I have been teaching debate for about twenty years, I was a debater for another ten years, and I have founded and directed the largest debate league in the nation! So I have substantial experience in speaking and debating on issues of controversy. My rule of thumb and one of the first things I say in class and our number one rule: RESPECT - we respect all viewpoints, politics and perspectives. As a teacher I am not focused on what the politics of students are but focused on HOW students express their opinions - public speaking skills, writing skills, reading skills, presentation skills, debate skills and social skills of respect towards all others. Additionally, for any issues of controversy we always discuss other viewpoints and arguments so that students learn and respect different perspectives.
Registration price includes current events reading materials which we will be using in class.  All reading materials are age appropriate and award winning current events resources used in thousands of classrooms nationwide. 


Erik, Professor, J.D, MS, BS
Lives in the United States
Be Great! Be a Great Debater!
781 total reviews
296 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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