Teacher professional development

The high school teachers loved moving around the room examining social media posts from varying outlets. Did they trust the source of information? How could they learn more about the source to decide if their news was real or fake?

Teachers are at the forefront of the battle to fight fake news. Each day they have opportunities to help students learn to use critical thinking skills to analyze media in their lives. However, they may not have the skills or knowledge of journalism to do this.

My media literacy program called “A Journalist’s Toolbox to Fight Fake News” can help educators learn:

  • To define fake news, the forms it can take and the motivation for it.
  • The history of fake news.
  • Why it’s a phenomenon now.
  • How to relate the fake news of today to historical events.
  • To identify types of media and develop a vocabulary to discuss media terms.
  • The hallmarks of legitimate news.
  • How to identify and evaluate reliable sources online.
  • How to fact check stories and sources.
  • How to identify and evaluate media bias.
  • How to trace photos and information back to the original sources.
Teachers love prizes! Giarrusso brought Expo markers and hand sanitizer as give-aways for participation. 

In the fall of 2018, I taught my program to 56 high school language arts and social studies teachers at Montclair High School in New Jersey.  In the spring, the district invited me back to work with its middle school teachers and librarians.

I can tailor the program to all grade and skill levels.