2008-2009 Featured Teachers
Persalvic School in Victoria receives 20 free copies of The Telegram daily, and they have become a valuable and fabulous teaching and learning resource for Persalvic teachers and students in different subject areas at all grade levels in our school.
After attending an in-service called “Newspaper in Education” there were plenty of ideas for using newspapers in Mr. Stephen King’s grade two classroom. Mr. King has also been able to pass along some of the ideas and materials obtained to colleagues who have implemented the NIE Program in their classrooms at different grade levels. This year he has taken advantage of the opportunity of receiving newspapers provided by The Telegram. Using the supply of papers received at the school he was able to engage students in various outcome-related activities that were both unique and exciting for them. One activity involved students using newspapers as an extension of a language arts activity. During the media unit students were required to find advertisements based on specific themes. They were asked to describe the events and feelings in pictures according to their theme. Since students were engaged in group work it allowed for the development of cooperation skills, along with developing skills for obtaining information from a different media text, the newspaper. The idea of understanding that not all advertisements carry the same message was clearly emphasized as students read and viewed headings in search of their required theme. Reading skills, critical thinking and scanning were required for students to complete the task in the time frame provided.
A second activity that was completed was a cross curricular activity. Language arts and art were combined to create an exciting way of teaching word/sound recognition. Beginning sound development was reinforced as students completed an activity whereby they had to obtain article headings that had specific beginning letter sounds. Letter and sound recognition was assessed as students interacted with the newspaper articles. In addition, the words that were found became the source of material for a collage. The idea of combining the language arts and art components of the curriculum gave students an exciting way to learn new words. When asked about the use of newspapers in the classroom Mr. King replied, “I have found the use of newspapers in my classroom to help me create unique and interesting ways of teaching curriculum outcomes to my students. In today’s society were technology has taken center stage it is important that students be exposed to other text forms. The newspaper, provided in the educational setting by The Telegram, is a great way to help make this happen.”
In the Elementary program students in Ms. Garland’s grade 6 class look forward to the arrival of the daily visitor, The Telegram. Each day a student from the grade 6 classroom becomes a Telegram Newspaper Carrier for that day. It’s definitely a welcomed job that all students enjoy and look forward to. “We have our own Telegram Newspaper Carrier for that day”, states Ms. Garland. They even have their own Telegram bag to carry newspapers on the daily newspaper route going classroom to classroom throughout the school. Students are always anxious to find out the front page headlines for the day and read them out to others. It certainly sparks some very interesting comments about the news topics for that particular day and gets students reading! Many students discover things about the world around them that they were not aware of.
Ms. Garland’s class has also used The Telegram as part of their math class. During the unit on Whole Numbers, each student was given their own copy of The Telegram as a resource to find examples of large numbers. Students were asked to find large numbers that were used in headlines, list the numbers in their math exercise notebook and examine if and how they rounded. As part of this math lesson, students were required to represent the numbers that they recorded from the newspapers in different ways such as standard form, expanded form, and number-word form. This activity was an interesting activity for the grade six students because they used the newspaper as a learning tool for math. When alluding to her experience with The Telegram Ms. Garland’s comment was, “I certainly recommend using the newspaper for math class whenever possible”.
Both Mr. Byron King and Mr. John Drover have been able to implement newspapers at the junior high level as well. “The Telegram is easily implemented into the grade 8 mathematics curriculum”, states Mr. B. King”. In the past I have used The Telegram extensively with such topics as percents, fractions, graphing, probability and data analysis. For example, we have used the weather pages of The Telegram for reinforcement on issues related to probability”, Mr. King added. Students would have to demonstrate understanding of probability by finding examples of probability on the weather pages, and they would have to write a journal entry explaining what is meant by the probability of precipitation is 40%. This simple activity using The Telegram covers two important topics of percent and probability in grade 8 math. In the past The Telegram was used for constructing and interpreting bar graphs, converting percents to fractions and decimals. The Telegram can be used for a wide variety of topics and subject areas. It is a great teaching and learning resource.
Mr. John Drover, the school’s vice principal, has also found great use for newspapers in his classroom. “As a Junior High Social Studies teacher I have used The Telegram as a resource in the curriculum. In the past, I have used The Telegram with such topics as economics, politics, weather, culture, active living, national and international news”, says Mr. Drover. In Social Studies Grade 7 there is a unit on Economic Empowerment, and within chapter 3 there is a closer-look section that features on a local entrepreneur Chris Griffiths. This past fall there was an article in The Telegram that featured Chris Griffiths and how he is now the General Manager for Gibson of Canada. This article surely represents how Chris Griffiths began his career as an entrepreneur and now has moved on to a major company whose success continues to contribute to the economy. As well, in Social Studies Grade 9 there is a unit on Culture. Within this unit there is a chapter on politics. Using The Telegram for this chapter and having students read and discuss articles have given students a real life perspective on our current issues within our province on a daily basis and reinforces the concepts learned. Mr. Drover states, “I have found The Telegram to be very useful and look forward to continually using it within the classroom. It certainly brings forth some interesting discussions amongst students”.
The Telegram has become an important learning resource for our school. We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Telegram and Mr. Dave Locke for his dedication and support in this worthwhile program. We look forward to continue using The Telegram as an important teaching resource in our classroom in the upcoming school year.
The Newspapers in Education program is widely used at Queen Elizabeth and has benefited all areas of the curriculum. We have 21 of our 34 teachers who receive and use The Telegram on a daily basis. Teachers look frequently for current articles which connect with their curriculum, as this helps make the curricular topics more relevant and purposeful to everyday life.
English teachers in many schools, including here at Queen Elizabeth, are frequent users of The Telegram. These classes often use newspaper articles to research topics relevant to their novels (Baltimore’s Mansion - confederation, Death on the Ice - sealing). They also examine editorials and create their own class newspaper.
At Queen Elizabeth (QE) we also have teachers from Social Studies, Science and Art who are integrating The Telegram into their classrooms in unique ways and they are our Featured Teachers.
Valerie Tubman, an Art teacher at QE, uses The Telegram as an integral part of many of her class assignments. One of her assignments on ‘type face’ requires students to cut out various fonts from the paper and then try to recreate them. In another assignment, students are to find an article and create a drawing that could accompany it. Valerie also has students do a major project on comics. After previewing several comics the students must draw their own character. This character drawing is then transferred to matte paper where the character’s shape is etched out and a sort of ‘stamp’ is created. Through this print making method the students then create their own comic story.
Tina Blackmore, a Science teacher at QE, regularly keeps her Biology classes up to date on news issues such as the H1N1 virus (swine flu), breast cancer and the chemo mix-up. Health issues are frequently of interest to most students and Tina, who has a Masters in Medicine, can surely relate these issues to the biology curriculum and spark questions from her students. Tina also uses the newspapers for her students to explore jobs related to science. In her Nutrition class, she also had her students find three articles related to Nutrition, summarize them, and then present them to the class.
Trevor Rowe, a Social Studies teacher at QE, often begins his class with a discussion inspired by a newspaper article. Trevor encourages his students to be active participants and have open discussions. One method he uses is showing either a news photo or an article title and having his students share and discuss their knowledge, thoughts and opinions on what the article could be about, before revealing the article. In History class, Trevor speaks of the newspaper as the first draft of history and often uses the editorial cartoons to spark his class discussions of current events. In Law class, Trevor initiates hands-on learning of such topics as summary conviction, indictable offence, verdict, sentencing, etc. by having students search newspapers for articles which are examples of each of these curricular topics.
Teachers and students of St. Kevin’s High School have embraced the NIE program initiated by The Telegram over the last number of years.
The newspaper serves a myriad of functions for teachers within the English program. One of the main functions is it provides a solid source of editorials. This is helpful in all areas within the program but especially beneficial in English 3201 in that it helps us prepare students for the public exam. Students have been asked to write an editorial on their public exam in the past, and the structure and style of those within the newspapers provide students with empirical support.
Another area where the newspaper is extremely useful to all English courses is in research. Students must complete a research paper in each course, and the newspaper provides an unlimited supply of current events and topics.
Public speaking also benefits from the newspaper in the classroom. Students often have trouble selecting a topic for their speech and often we direct them to the newspaper.
Journal writing also benefits from the use of the newspaper. Teachers ask students to select an item from the newspaper and write a response to it. Sometimes they rewrite accident reports or respond to a moral or ethical concern.
Editorial cartoons also enter into the English program. One of the strands of our program is visual representation, and students in all courses are given the opportunity to respond to visuals presented within the paper.
In our Social Studies Department Canadian Law students can track recent court cases and the decisions handed down by the judicial system and discuss their impact on society. On many occasions, the articles appearing in The Telegram raises current issues that engage our students; (i.e. same sex marriage, adoption)
In Canadian and World Geography, students locate current information on climate change and weather conditions affecting our province and world. They can read the news reports coming from around the world to learn about the living conditions of others and make comparisons to their own way of life.
In Economics and Enterprise, students track the economic conditions of the province. They read and do presentations on recent new businesses and the creative products made here in their own province. We compare our economy with those of other countries to see if we can identify any trends. It was great to see one of our students make the front page of The Telegram on January 6, 2007.
In Career Development and Human Dynamics classes, students use The Telegram on a regular basis. Information from the career section is helpful with our occupational research and resume and cover letter activities. The classified section helps students with developing a budget for independent living as they look for the best deals in the purchasing of different items. With the baby doll section of our program, the daily ads help the students realize the cost involved in caring for a child.
Science students avail of the newspaper throughout the year to keep informed about environmental and resource based issues within the province and beyond. In times of sparse resources it is encouraging that there are good and caring corporate citizens who work together to collectively make this service available. At present, the students of Environmental Science 3205 are using newspapers to build a portfolio of information regarding current natural resource issues.
NIE has greatly benefited students in our Work Experience Program. The Telegram is used across the curriculum in the areas of Social Studies, Career Development, English and Workplace Safety.
In particular, in the Workplace Safety course, students search for stories that relate to workplace accidents. They then place the pictures in their scrapbooks as a reminder of the importance of safety on the job and the impact of such injuries on their personal life.
Students also choose one news headline of interest for the day and are responsible for displaying it on the school monitors for all to read.
Usually the first question of the day is, “Are the papers in yet?” Students look forward to reading about local events especially the courts, sports and the editorial cartoons. This certainly generates lively discussion and students improve their reading level at the same time.
Each teacher uses the newspaper differently and the opportunity is there, when needed, to utilize this valuable resource. Students, as well, enjoy reading the newspaper in their free time to catch up on the latest happenings around their city, province and the world.
Our school would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Dave Locke and The Telegram for their continued support in this worthwhile initiative.
The Newspapers in Education (NIE) program serves numerous roles at Frank Roberts Junior High. Simply by having copies of newspapers in the Resource Centre and classrooms provides students the opportunity to avail of the many different sections, both during free time and upon completion of their assigned work. Throughout our school from the time they arrive until the end of the school day the newspapers are regularly availed of. This begins with the students in the challenging needs unit who eagerly deliver them to each classroom in the building, as well as the library, allowing them a sense of responsibility and independence. From there they are utilized by teachers in a variety of ways for differing activities. In some classes articles of interest are clipped and posted on bulletin boards where students read them before class, during recess and at lunch time. In Social Studies classes the Newfoundland word of the day, when it was included, was used for activities by teachers. The newspapers are also an invaluable resource with regards to current events in this area of the curriculum.
We have several teachers here who are currently completing their Masters Degrees in the field of Literacy and have used the differing components of the newspapers for informative reading and for written and oral reflection on current events and controversial articles. During specific events, such as during an election, they are an invaluable resource for numerous activities. At our school we even have a newspaper unit at the grade 8 level where all classes create their very own futuristic newspaper, and during this time “The Telegram” is an invaluable resource in many different ways. As well they are often modeled in our very own school newspaper which is produced on a semi-regular basis.
Through the many ways in which they are utilized in school the most important facet it serves is that it is another venue for students to read. Getting students to read at this level is quite often a chore and the newspapers, provided through the support of the sponsorship partners, are one more tool in helping to support our efforts.
They are used quite regularly and productively throughout the school year here at Frank Roberts Junior High.
Holy Trinity High School currently has an enrolment of 733 students and offers Grades 7 to Level III in both English and French Immersion streams. The school serves the area of the Northeast Avalon including the communities of Torbay, Flatrock, Pouch Cove, and Bauline.
For the past 9 years, Holy Trinity High School has been provided with The Telegram from the Newspaper In Education (NIE) program to supplement the curriculum for both Junior and Senior High grade levels. Each day the school receives 110 newspapers for use in classroom learning activities.
Through the work of their environmental group, Friends of the Gully (FOG), Holy Trinity High School has long been recognized for their interest and work in the preservation of their local wetland - the Gully, in addition to many other environmental issues. Climate change and the importance of individual action is a dominant theme this year at Holy Trinity High School. One of the goals of incorporating The Telegram into the classroom has been to highlight environmental stewardship within our province, and indeed the world.
Carol Roberts, Science Department Head at Holy Trinity, comments that “Level 1 Science 1206 students use the newspapers to collect articles in the various themes that run through their curriculum, such as meteorology, climate change, the environment, and the sustainability of resources. Our provincial concern and interest in our natural environment is mirrored through the pages of The Telegram and is also a natural fit for the new Environmental Science program”. She adds that, “The Telegram is rich in material that can both supplement and generate discussion in many areas of our science curriculum, and indeed helps to promote scientific literacy”.
It is through the generous support of NIE that students can avail of a local print media that provides a comprehensive and in depth look at provincial and international events. Students often note that it is a refreshing change to spend time reading a newspaper and generate lively class discussions on topics pertaining to youth.
The newspaper - it can tell you today’s breaking news. It can tell you what movies are playing, or it can tell you what the weather holds for tomorrow. To the students and teachers at St. Francis of Assisi School, The Telegram is all of these things, an important link to literacy and so much more.
Our copies of the newspaper make their way to everyone in our school through an exceptional student in our Challenging Needs class, Thomas. A familiar knock on the door can be heard at approximately the same time every day when he hand-delivers The Telegram to each classroom, as part of the Newspapers in Education (NIE) Program. Led by his Criteria C teacher, Thomas navigates his way throughout the school, greeting teachers and students with a smile and a high-five. Thomas, who has autism and is non-verbal, uses the delivery route as part of his curriculum where he can socialize with people in his school and learn valuable career development, math and literacy skills.
Once the newspapers reach the classrooms, our teachers are quick to incorporate them into the curriculum and their daily routines, including reading headlines and weather forecasts. During recess, lunch or free time, students can be found perusing their classroom copies for stories, articles, letters and photos of interest. The children in Kindergarten have gone on letter hunts and have even looked at front-page stories, such as the inauguration of “Rocko Bama”. The Grade one classes created paper mache masterpieces for the ArtsSmart Program using recycled newspapers, and along with the Grade twos, they researched the classified section and the wrote their own ‘Want Ads’. As part of the Grade three science unit, “Build It Up,” the children used recycled newspapers to create a city of skyscrapers. In September the Grade four students were busy completing a unit on newspapers where they learned about organization, headlines, and the 5 Ws. After participating in the annual Terry Fox Run, each Grade four student took the role of reporter and wrote a newspaper article about the run. Grade five students check the paper daily for sunrise and sunset times to calculate length of day as part of the social studies program. Daily temperatures are examined across North America when learning about climate, and articles pertaining to archeological discoveries are incorporated into studies of our heritage. This year the grade six students are taking a keen interest in the “Newfoundland Word of the Day” and search the paper for decimals and large numbers as part of math lessons.
I have no doubt that this edition of The Telegram will be clipped and proudly showcased for all to see in our trophy case at St. Francis of Assisi School. Whenever students at our school celebrate special moments in their lives, whether it is being photographed visiting The Rooms or getting an honourable mention at the Can West Can Spell competition, we are dedicated to commemorating those moments.
(Elizabeth Crocker, Challenging Needs Teacher)
Newspapers are a Great Educational Tool for all Grades
For several years now, our school, H. L. Strong Academy, has taken advantage of the free newspapers delivered to our school, compliments of the Telegram. Being a small rural island K – Grade 12 school, with only 6 students and 2 teachers, offers different conditions from most other schools in the province and we have some very unique qualities. The Telegram has been a wonderful addition to our classrooms. In the primary grades it is very useful in language arts, science, math, social studies and art. It can be marked, cut, pasted, colored - important to young children who learn by doing and seeing. It is the perfect model for teaching students to write for a purpose and for a particular audience.
Through the Telegram, students can be introduced to comic strips. It allows them to see that the people in comic strips are characters and the words the characters say are written in the "bubbles." This introduces the concept of dialogue. Sometimes the original dialogue is deleted from the comic strip and the students enjoy writing their own. Comic Strips are also great because they can be cut into sections to help the students understand sequencing by rearranging the sections to make the comic strip again.
We have used the Telegram for Newspaper Scavenger Hunts where the kids have been given a list of information they have to find in the paper. They have also used articles to learn about story titles, topic sentences, and paragraphs. Students can read a newspaper article and underline the facts of the "who, what, where, when, why, and how" in the newspaper story. A great feature for the younger students is the featured serial stories. Their interest builds from week to week as they wait to see what will continue to happen as the story unfolds.
The older students in the High School are able to use it to meet many of their outcomes for their courses. It bridges the gap between the classroom and the "real" world outside. It deals in reality, in what is happening here and now. The motivation for reading and for discussions is built-in. It is very up to date and that is important for such areas as Social Studies, Healthy Living and Career Development. The Telegram offers a wide range of activities for Career Development as students search the classified section to see what jobs are currently in demand. They can then research a particular career to get the information needed to enter that profession.
In Healthy Living, the students, through the use of grocery ads are able to plan a menu for a well balanced meal and determine the cost as well. The real-world connection supported by the use of newspapers helps students understand the importance of the information that they are learning. Newspapers provide wonderful resources to supplement textbooks, trade-books and other instructional resources.
The Telegram offers a wide range of information for everyone including Weather Information, Lifestyles, Entertainment, and Sports News. Newspapers compliment textbooks and provide supplementary and relevant resources in all areas of the curriculum for all students. And lastly, when they have no longer any use in the classroom, they can be recycled to help our environment. Thank you to The Telegram for providing the NIE Program to schools; for this wonderful service to the students of our province. (Jerry Weir, Principal).
Each day at Hillview Academy in Norris Arm, The Telegram arrives in the entrance lobby, then makes its way to the Newspaper Depot located in the school library. From there, grade one student David Guy, with the aid of his student assistant, delivers a copy to each classroom. Both students and teachers alike anticipate the receipt of their daily copy just after recess.
Grade four teacher, Mrs. Power introduced “The Woodrow Tales” to her students and colleagues Mrs. Noble (grade 2), Mrs. Beaton (grade 3) and Ms. Murphy (grade 5) who also use the stories in their teaching as well. The series appears weekly in the Tuesday edition of the paper. Mrs. Power takes her grade five class to the library for “buddy reading” with Ms. Noble’s grade 2 class. Ms. Murphy’s class enjoys read- alouds, as does Mrs. Beaton’s class. In addition, all students look forward to the “Woodrow Activities” that accompany the series.
Physical education teacher, Ms. Peckford shares basketball and hockey highlights from the Sports section of The Telegram with her classes. She also suggests utilizing this section of the paper for fund raising activities such as hockey pools.
In Mrs. Whiteway’s junior high language arts classes the newspapers are used for a number of purposes. For example, students in grade 7 enjoy the daily comics and puzzles page. In addition, the articles printed provide great material for teaching parts of speech. Mrs. Whiteway challenges her students to identify prepositions and adverbs, for instance, while at the same time catching up on current events at home and abroad.
As well, Mrs. Whiteway’s grade 8 & 9 social studies students, currently studying climate and weather, examine daily weather forecasts from our region. Most recently, the newspapers were used in one of her religion classes to explore examples of social justice. Photos and text were clipped form various papers and a collage was produced. Furthermore, Mrs. Whiteway’s students researched the theme of capital punishment after reading a poem entitled, “ The Execution” from a grade 9 text and then went on to research articles about crime and punishment. The Telegram provides “real life” examples which the students can sometimes relate to and certainly appreciate.
Besides the printed word, The Telegram is a great support for the study of visual literacy as it provides a number of images that are relevant to current subject themes. It also provides valuable information such as advertisements and slogans which are useful when studying a unit on the media, for example.
The great thing about a resource like The Telegram is that it can be used at any grade level and enables teachers to cover a number of curriculum outcomes. Students are never too young to use the newspaper. It is a valuable tool in education today and provides a great deal of practical and fun teaching content.
The students and staff at Hillview Academy truly appreciate the continuing support of The Telegram in their school as it truly does “open minds”! (Shelly Whiteway, Junior High Teacher, Hillview Academy)
Teachers and students of Macdonald Drive Elementary School in St. John’s take an active role in using the “Newspapers In Education” (NIE) program in their classrooms. Each morning grade six volunteers hand deliver a set of newspapers, supplied graciously by The Telegram, to each Pod (grade level). Each Pod uses The Telegram for various purposes.
Mrs. Currie’s and Mrs. Janes’s Pod Five classes have a News Reporter each morning that reports the news from the previous day. The news report is read to the entire Pod and then placed in the News Reporter’s binder. The binder accumulates the News Reporter’s work from the very beginning until the end of the year. Another initiative taken on by Pod Five was tracking the recent Federal Election. The students would find articles and pictures pertaining to the election and post them on a dedicated bulletin board. After reading and learning about the Federal Election, the students had their own election, where they elected student council members to represent their Pod. All elementary students participated in the student council elections and they will vote for a president and vice president in days to come. Following the election coverage inspired the students to become more involved in their school community.
Mrs. Wilkie’s, Mrs. Buckingham’s and Mrs. Decker’s Pod Three classes have been following the story of Woodrow the dog who is learning to read (he appears in The Telegram each Tuesday). Mrs. Chalker’s, Mrs. Moores’s, Mrs. Lambert’s and Ms. Sampson’s, Pod Four classes have been using The Telegram during Silent Reading and especially to record weather logs in social studies. They have also been using The Telegram in math to estimate real –life numbers. Using The Telegram to teach and discuss media literacy proved to be beneficial in Ms. Fagan’s Pod Six class. In Art class they used the newspapers to make Papier-mâché masks called Mask-erade! The masks fit perfectly with the Halloween theme. This is also a great way to recycle our newspapers.
Here are some more ideas that we have tried at Macdonald Drive Elementary that have been very successful. You should give them a try.
- Everyone loves a good scavenger hunt! Get your students to find various items in The Telegram. The students will enjoy this activity and learn that the newspaper is for kids as well as adults. This activity works well if the students work in pairs and if all groups have the same issue of The Telegram.
- Try using the Soduko Puzzles in your next math class. It is presented as a game but is very educational. Copy the puzzle onto an overhead and play as a class to enhance addition and logic skills.
- Many of the Pods have been finding the Can West Can Spell Spelling Bee “Word of the Day”. Last year Macdonald Drive Elementary participated in the spelling bee sponsored by The Telegram and we plan to do so again this year. There are many spelling activities that are associated with the Can West Can Spell Spelling Bee that make spelling truly fun for all.
Macdonald Drive Elementary teachers would like to thank The Telegram for their continuing support and their interest in the education of our students. (Jillian Currie, Grade 5 Teacher (Macdonald Drive Elementary)
In the age of the interactive classroom whiteboard, social networking, and digital potpourri of learning resources, the daily printed newspaper remains high on the list of tools of many teachers at Holy Spirit High School. At the first English Department meeting of the year, several teaches indicated they would like to use class sets of newspapers to enhance a unit of work involving essay writing. In the first month of school these teachers have received daily classroom sets compliments of The Telegram’s Newspapers in Education (NIE) Program. Teachers are using these papers to help them teach characteristics and style of editorial writing, diction, tone and emphatic sentence structure. The papers also provide valuable material for analysis of editorial cartoons. Students in another English class are planning to publish their own school paper and are using copies of The Telegram as a model for the layout and design of their publication.
In addition, we have taken advantage of the “Newspaper in Every Classroom” program to provide a daily paper for each classroom. These papers are delivered promptly and efficiently by students from our Challenging Needs Program. Students use them to keep abreast of current events, as information sources as they conduct research in Social Studies and Science as well as for recreational reading. The Challenging Needs students regularly pick up used papers from the classrooms for eventual recycling.
We would like to thank The Telegram and sponsors of the NIE Program for their generous assistance in providing our students with a continuing source of current information.