NIE TEACHER FAQ
Newspapers In Education (NIE) puts the newspaper, literally a "living textbook," into the hands
of educators and students. NIE also provides nationally acclaimed curriculum materials that help
teachers incorporate timely content from the newspaper into all areas of study for their students.
More about The Daily World NIE.
Why should I use the newspaper in my classroom?
Research has shown that students who use newspapers as part of their curriculum score
10% higher on standardized tests than students who do not utilize the newspaper in
their classroom. In addition, using the newspaper has been found to significantly
enhance the student learning experience by providing real world examples and
experiences to respond to the age-old question of "When am I ever going to use this
in real life?"
A national study, "Measuring Success! The Positive Impact of Newspaper In Education
Programs on Student Achievement" shows that NIE programs work especially well for
low-income, minority, and English Language Learner students. NIE provides these
students with the tools to learn the English language and local culture, in addition
to exposing them to critical life skills, such as finding a job in the classified
advertisements, reading the stock tables or weather report, or finding items on sale
at the grocery store. These students might not otherwise have access to the newspaper
or to these important abilities.
The Daily World has a number of curriculum/teacher guides,
supplements, and resources available to you in order to assist you in planning your
courses around use of the paper. We recognize that educators are busy people with
limited resources, so we've done all the work for you. All you have to do is sign
up for your free newspapers and you'll receive a number of easy-to-implement lesson
plans and other curriculum-enhancing ideas, all approved to meet the federal No Child
Left Behind standards, State of Washington's standards and the local School District's
Essentials Curriculum Framework.
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How does the newspaper benefit my students?
Using the newspaper to teach a variety of subjects has many qualitative benefits in
addition to improving student performance.
- sharpen students' thinking skills.
- spark enthusiasm for meaningful classroom interaction.
- increase students' interest and motivation by providing study materials relevant to their lives.
- prepare students for active citizenship in our democracy.
- provide teachers with new, creative teaching techniques.
- involve schools in the lives of the communities they serve.
- improve relations with students' families.
- respond to the needs of local businesses as future employers.
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What subjects can I teach using the newspaper?
While reading, literacy, language arts, and social studies/current events are the
most obvious subjects that appear when using the newspaper in the classroom, there
are plenty of math, science, health, geography, economics, and other lessons that can
be gleaned from the newspaper. In math, students can practice graphing skills by
tracking temperatures and precipitation using the weather report. You can teach
percentages and interest rates by determining the financing cost on the purchase of
a new car. In science, students can apply the scientific method of inquiry to their
examination of an on-going news story or investigation. Geography skills can be
taught by tracking sports teams as they crisscross the country to compete in games.
For a practical application, The Daily World can be
utilized in a stock market simulation game. Truly, the possibilities are endless
when your "textbook" contains brand new material every single day!
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Do I have to pay for my class set of newspapers? Does my school have to pay for anything?
There is no cost to you as a teacher or to your school to participate in The Daily World NIE program.
The cost is covered completely through outside donations from private and business sponsors.
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