Newsela Noteworthy Educator Profiles: Hugh Robertson

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A typical lesson using Newsela looks like...
 
We typically find an article in Newsela that relates to the time period we are studying.  We have the students interact with the text by making comments about what they agree/disagree with, have questions about, or define words they do not understand.   This helps with reading comprehension and allows us to see what similarities our class has.  We also have each student take the quiz after reading the article.   We are a project based learning class.  Newsela helps us introduce a lot of our projects.  We use Newsela articles to start discussions about the topic we are covering.  This enables us to understand what questions our class has about our project topic and where we as teachers might need to start each lesson to ensure our students will get the results we seek for said topic. 
 
 
One thing he wish he knew during his first year teaching...
 
One thing I wish I knew during my first year teaching would be that the teacher should not be the main vehicle for content exploration.  The teacher should be the vehicle to help students explore and find the answers they seek about the topic being covered.
 
 
 Favorite teaching memory...
 
My favorite teaching memory was being asked to give the commencement speech. Every year Lakeland students select a teacher to send them off with a speech and they selected me At that moment you really know that you are reaching students.
 
His favorite thing to do outside of school...
 
Spend time with my family.
 
 
 
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