As the school year begins, the students in Carol Figueroa's 11th-grade Multimedia and Webpage Design class at the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School are becoming familiar with terms and definitions used in page layout and newspaper section design. A participating classroom in The Warren Record's Newspaper In Education (NIE) Literacy Program, the students receive copies of The Warren Record delivered to their school free each week.
Figueroa has been an educator for 12 years and is in her fourth year teaching at Haliwa-Saponi, this year being her first teaching Multimedia and Webpage Design.
"I believe all students can learn. It's a matter of finding their interest and a way to catch their attention. Continuity of teaching and learning with values and virtues is the formula I use," said Figueroa. "At the end of the day I can see the smiling faces when they've learned and succeeded. That gives them a better chance to compete in this global 21st century society."
In the classroom, her students work in teams to complete projects and design assignments using laptop computers provided by the school. The Warren Record newspaper is utilized in various aspects of classroom work such as visual aids for design and format, for hands-on assignments to label and define terms used in newspaper layout, and even in homework assignments.
One of Figueroa's goals is for students to be creative and excited about their articles and design.
While talking about the importance of the Newspaper In Education Literacy Program in her classroom, Figueroa, a first year NIE participant, said that having the newspaper in the classroom helps, because it gives students a better idea of how to do layout and formatting, as they have the paper in their hands while they work.
This classroom is just one example of the many ways teachers can use The Warren Record as an instructional aid..