Working with current events can sometimes be a daunting thing for teachers. The news is constantly changing and active and when do we find the time to scour the news, find good materials then develop the lesson plans around it? Teachable Moment might be the solution for you.
Run by the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, the Teachable Moment is a series of content and lesson plans, complete with discussion questions and activities for you to use in the classroom. You can choose from three areas on Teachable Moment that you would like to address: Current Events, Social and Emotional Learning, or Classroom Resources and Ideas. Within each, you can narrow the subject of the lessons to specific events or broader topics that you would like to discuss in class. All of the Teachable Moment lessons are free to use in class and are available for general Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.
Teachable Moment is definitely worth a look if your students are interested in current events, or if you are in need of quick and easy lessons to address specific issues in your class or school. Most of the lessons are geared to teaching social responsibility and character development as well, so there is a definite added bonus when you need to integrate these components into lessons.
Make sure you bookmark Teachable Moment and check back often as new lessons are added almost daily as world events change and new materials become available. As we are all aware – you never know when that Teachable Moment may strike!