Look I’m not a one to enjoy having impersonal mails delivered to my inbox offering me this, that and the other. No matter how much I try, I can’t seem to stop myself getting clogged with mail that I subscribed to. I will unsubscribe to more stuff this year. There is, however one service that I look forward to getting updates from, it’s the New York Times Learning Network.
As a teacher in Israel, it always fascinates me what is going on educationally out there in the big wide world. The NYT learning network certainly gives me a taste of different educational approaches in the US. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much in this site that is fascinating, useful, relevant, inspiring, and educationally sound. ‘Hot topics’ are addressed and turned around for classroom debate and exploration. Amazing videos are posted with ideas for the classroom. The NYT network also posts amazing student contests and even more amazing winners. An example is this year’s contest which is creating a calendar based on hot news of 2018.
I think it’s enough for a teacher to have a browse through the site to get some great ideas for texts, clips and activities that will generate student interest and engagement.
As you can see above, here are examples of the countless activities on the site.
Subscribing to the NYT learning network was definitely a move I don’t regret. It is, however not free. These poor newspapers have to get their money from somewhere. The subscription plans, however are between 1 to 2 dollars a week. Sounds like a deal to me.