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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Lewis

How Teachers Can Use News Articles to Promote SMSC Values

Teachers can use news articles as a tool to teach social, moral, and spiritual values in the classroom. Here are a few ways they can do so:

Encourage discussion: After reading a news article, teachers can encourage pupils to discuss their thoughts and opinions on the topic. This can help them develop critical thinking skills and encourage them to consider different perspectives and values.


Relate to real-life situations: News articles can often be relevant to current events, allowing pupils to make connections between what they are learning in the classroom and real-life situations.


Empathy and understanding: News articles can provide a window into the experiences of others, helping pupils to understand and empathise with those who are facing different challenges. This can help foster values such as kindness and compassion.


Responsibility and respect: News articles can often highlight issues of social responsibility and respect, such as environmental degradation or discrimination. Teachers can use these articles to encourage pupils to consider their own actions and the impact they have on others.


Promote ethical thinking: News articles can often raise ethical questions, such as those related to privacy, freedom of speech, and justice. Teachers can use these articles to encourage pupils to think critically about these values and develop their own ethical perspectives.


In conclusion, news articles can be a valuable resource for teachers looking to teach social, moral, and spiritual values. By encouraging discussion, making connections to real-life situations, promoting empathy and understanding, and encouraging ethical thinking, teachers can help pupils develop a strong moral compass and prepare them for a successful and fulfilling future.

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