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Happy News & Current Events- What Is Happening in Our World and Why It Matters

In this ongoing class we will discuss current events that our kids are interested in. Stories will be taken from reliable news sources fully cited and students will have the opportunity to bring their own.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
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
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times

Pacific Time
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Next on Sat Aug 13

Meets Once per week
5pm - 5:55pm

Next on Wed Aug 17

Meets Once per week
4pm - 4:55pm

Next on Mon Aug 29

Meets Once per week
9am - 9:55am
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Class Experience

Students will practice their summarizing skills and and their reading comprehension skills. 
Students will also practice their geography skills (and use of Google Maps) along with building their vocabulary. 
I have always loved bringing in current events to my classroom when I used to teach and as a mom it is something we as a family do every day.  Looking at the news and being aware are important practices.  Bringing this practice to OutSchool excites me.  I love facilitating kids' discussions and empowering them with roles to take on challenging topics.  When I taught in a traditional setting this practice of looking at the news was something we did weekly and students shared afterward how much they learned about the world.  I am hoping to do the same with your children.  I did this with students age 10 and above.
Students will be encouraged to bring a article to the session to share.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There are no formal assessments; only through practice of these basic skills will students show improvement.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
We will be discussing current events and focus on ones that are more positive. That said students may bring up topics in the news that are not happy and it will be important to unpack these situations as well.  In every instance we will stick to looking at the facts with objectivity and consider what future steps may look like.
News Sites i.e. BBC, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Newsweek, ...  
For Geography we will play: and use Google Maps in a screen sharing capacity.  No subscriptions are needed.  Virtual Vacation is a fun way to test one's ability to recognize a location based on street scenes.  


Mara Simmons
Lives in the United States
Teacher turned Digital Nomad
2 completed classes

About Me

Teaching is my life, my parents would say.  In my young adult life I took great joy at creating explanations for things and sharing new knowledge with others.  As I matured I learned that much of teaching is learning, listening and understanding... 
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