A Reporter’s Tips to Increase Kids’ Success

Here are 4 strategies my class would emphasize.

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A Parent Is Born

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By Tom Chorneau

There is a widely held belief among educators that 8th-grade algebra is a gateway course to college. As one who struggled with math, I would suggest another pathway to academic success. The ability to write clearly and logically.

I would further argue that the best way to teach good writing habits is to study the hard news story. Indeed, the hard news format, practiced by journalists for generations, is an efficient and flexible tool for instilling discipline and focus for young writers.

Talk to any English professor, and they will tell you how poorly the average high school senior is prepared to deliver functional writing assignments. They will tell you how students lack an understanding of structure and order. They struggle with assembling the research needed to make a strong case. They often underestimate the amount of time needed to complete each stage of the process, which leads to rushed and poorly executed products.

I believe I can provide solutions to all of this through the introduction of a project-based curriculum rooted in journalism.

Project-based instruction, also known as “linked learning” or “work-based” learning, is a concept found…

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