Create a safe space for students to have open conversations about meaningful topics.
I have the privilege of teaching a media literacy class, which looks at how media impacts both our society as a whole and ourselves as individuals. It teaches students critical-thinking skills and helps them become more aware of the impact media has on their thoughts and actions. Students in my class watch movies and TV shows, read articles, listen to news, and peruse the Internet. They come to class every day to write, watch, discuss, and debate.
Though all students would be well served to have an entire media literacy course, it’s hard to sell to other teachers and school boards because of its nature. The class is about watching media and talking about it, which means a lot of time spent viewing screens. The truth is, many k....read more