Teaching: Day 1

The Loch Ness MonsterYou might think it difficult, but I discovered today that 6th graders (or at least one of them) have the power to come to day 1 of the introduction to journalism and relate absolutely any topic to bigfoot or “lake creatures.”

I asked the kids to come up with 5 possible news story ideas for next time, and I told them to think about who they might talk to when reporting on such a story. I was asked if it would be acceptable to travel to Scotland, because that’s where the good sources on Lake Monsters apparently live.

All in all, it was fun, and the first day definitely showed me what I was and was not prepared for. The kids were really excited when I handed out their brand new reporters notebooks.

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