Invite students to connect the course to current events

What’s news? Design in-class activities where students connect current events and issues to course material. I do this as a ‘flexible assignment’ choice whereby students can speak to the class about this briefly (2-5 minutes), or they can build it into a short lesson (12-15 minutes) that they teach the class (after having me okay their draft lesson plan). I also encourage students to connect current events and issues into their learning portfolio final assignments (see the publication below that describes this). Finally, I bring current events to class to introduce a new topic; the article can be factual, controversial, or opinion (or sometimes all three at once!).