ERIC Number: ED197351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Who? Me? Sponsor the School Newspaper? First Steps.
Given the assignment of school newspaper adviser, an English teacher should consider the desired content and focus of the newspaper. Policy, philosophy, and procedure can be developed by the adviser with the help of the staff. To motivate student participation in the production of the paper, the editors and entire staff need to develop a sense of "ownership" of the paper, which can happen if the adviser places the responsibility in the students' hands. Producing a school newspaper inherently creates a series of contradictions: (1) class routine must be far more highly structured and organized than in any regular classroom situation, yet remain flexible; (2) students must be responsible decision makers, yet be allowed to make mistakes; (3) demands must be stricter, more objective, yet praise must be given lavishly; (4) minds must be open to opinions, yet strong enough in conviction to take a stand when appropriate; and (5) hard work must develop pride, yet no one can be too good to clean the waxer or sweep up paper. (A checklist for new advisers of things to do is provided.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (70th, Cincinnati, OH, November 21-26, 1980).