Teacher Review for The Learning Network

The Learning Network is a great way to explore lesson plans and current texts!

teacherinthecity
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 9, 11
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use the Learning Network resources whenever I am absent, want an extension for advanced learners, want to provide bonus work to my students, or want to create a lesson around a media topic or a broad theme. The New York Times has a vast expanse of articles, and the Learning Network smartly organizes them into topics and projects that students and teachers are likely to find interesting.
My Take
The Learning Network has a plethora of ideas for using current texts in the classroom. From comments on student-centered topics, to fill-in-the-blank vocabulary practice, to talking points for current events, the Learning Network has it all! The Learning Network is especially good for English and Social Studies teachers, but I would imagine it would be a great resource to all subjects who are incorporating literacy skills into their curriculum. The Learning Network also provides ideas for differentiation for ELL students.