Social Studies

Current Events Crew

Our crew will meet weekly to discuss important topics in current events. Students will use several notable websites to keep daily tabs on local, national and world events and share with the crew about what they have learned.
Bjorn Carlson
21 total reviews for this teacher
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Class

35 minutes

per class

Once per week

every week

8-13

year olds

4-12

learners per class

per learner

How does anOngoingcourse 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
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Description

Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will refine their critical thinking skills and develop their ability to defend their opinions with facts and logic.  Students will learn both historical and modern roots of current issues.  Students will develop small group discussion skills, including how to be a respectful and engaged listener, and how to evaluate new ideas.  Importantly, students will learn to have rational discussions with people who have a variety of global and cultural backgrounds, different life experiences, different values and political views.
I have been a certified social studies classroom teacher for more than a decade, focussing on debates and discussions centered around global and United States sensitive issues.  I have travelled to every state in the United States, and dozens of countries around the world.  I spend a year in college with other students from 32 different countries, sharing vastly different cultural and political views.  This broad background led me to be recruited by the CIA in 2002.  While current events can be sensitive topics to discuss, they are a vital part of developing a well informed and well rounded student and young person in general.
Each student will be expected to search through credible media to choose a story about a current event.  This will need to be posted to the classroom message board two days before the weekly meeting, to give classmates an opportunity to read about the topic, and be prepared with questions and discussion topics.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
35 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Current events naturally cover topics that can politically, and even culturally polarizing.  While this club is the perfect opportunity for students to metaphorically flex their sensitive discussion skills, parents are encouraged to check in with students on the stories that they choose to post for class discussion, as well as to check in with students on how they are feeling about topics discussed.
https://www.snopes.com
https://www.factcheck.org
https://www.ap.org/en/
https://www.reuters.com
https://www.bbc.com
https://www.npr.org
https://www.pbs.org

Teacher

Bjorn Carlson
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Certified teacher with more than a decade of classroom experience!
21 total reviews
53 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  I'm a certified teacher with more than a decade of experience.  I've taught every grade from Pre-K through 12, and in a wide variety of subjects.  

I am certified as Highly Qualified in the following areas:
-Social Studies
-World & US... 
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