By Grafenwoehr Elementary School fourth-graders
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Dr. Hunter recently taught fourth-graders at Grafenwoehr Elementary School how to write newspaper articles with photographs.
Dr. Hunter is a fourth-grade teacher who has been teaching for 34 years. In addition to being a teacher, he has worked as a garbage man, a school principal, a computer builder, cherry-picker and an airman in the U.S. Air Force.
Dr. Hunter’s fourth-grade class is called Dr. Hunter’s Jedi Leadership Academy. Also participating in the news instruction was Ms. Heinzmann’s fourth-grade class.
Dr. Hunter believes that reading the newspaper is important.
“Reading the newspaper helps you know what’s going on in the world,” he said.
Dr. Hunter wanted to teach how to write news articles and take photographs because he believes communication is a 21st century skill.
“A 21st century skill is a skill we can use now. Communication is an example,” said fourth-grader Gweneth Warren.
“A 21st century skill is critical thinking,” said Merziaha Woods, a fourth-grade student. “We need them because they make the world a better place.”
Dr. Hunter also brought in a professional photographer, Mrs. Peach, to teach students the elements of photography. Designated students carry cameras and take photographs in class.
Mr. Van Schaik, the Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, also taught students how to write an article for a newspaper.
Many students enjoy writing. Some students even want to become writers.
“I want to become a writer because my grandma is one and I enjoy making stories,” said fourth-grader Stella Martinelli.
“I want to become a writer,” said Mason Glaser. “I want to make the funnies.
Editor’s note: Nathan Van Schaik of the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Public Affairs Office assisted with writing, editing and publishing this article.