My students come from a variety of backgrounds across the city of Chicago. Although we are a neighborhood high school on the Southside, I have had the pleasure of teaching students from throughout the city of Chicago.
Students at my school are high achievers; we are leaders in scholarship acquisition and have achieved the highest ranking awarded in our district.
My students are like students throughout the country, they want (and need) to be connected to the outside world. Even in a global city, many of my students have not had the ability to explore varied cultures and experiences. As a social science teacher I see this as one of my primary functions.
As a teacher, I must create lessons that facilitate exploration and introduction to various cultures, experiences, and history. Students need to use this course as a time to develop themselves not only personally but also as a global citizen. In addition, this course is grounded in the need to develop skills- students who can read, write, and critically think are lifelong learners. Lifelong learners are the future leaders that our country needs. My students are advancing towards these goals and are continually setting the bar higher.
In our world history classes one of our perpetual goals is to make connections between the lessons of the past and our present. The best way to do this is to give students the opportunity to read current events and developing stories. In the current political climate and as technology becomes available to everyone the increase in 'fake news' has become a huge issue.
We must prepare our students to analyze all sources with a critical eye; determining if they are credible, relevant, or fake news.
As our students develop the ability to recognize and question fake news they can better prepare to become global citizens. The laptops will allow students to have daily access to these sources. Sources are changing rapidly and now, each student can access them and practice this valuable skill on a more regular basis.
The debate team will also utilize these computers at practice and competition. At KHS our students are continually breaking boundaries, glass ceilings, and making history. We are a school that prides itself on it's hard earned success. The debate team is no exception. Last year we advanced to the city championship semi-finals. This year we have our goal set to win City Championships. In order to do this we have to be as competitive as possible. Laptops allow us to access more resources during practice. At tournaments we have virtually limitless space to store the research and 'cards' we have developed to help us prove our position and refute the position of the other team.
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