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Do Student Magazines Really Make a Difference?

May 31st, 2017

Student magazines. Almost every publishing house that produces educational textbooks offers them. Promises range from “it complements the contents of the book” to “it will make your student smarter.” But are these supplementary reading materials (SRMs) really necessary? Two licensed educators offer their thoughts below.

Erika Arcamo, Computer Subject, Elementary

“Supplementary reading materials are used to fill in what the textbook lacks, specifically timely and updated information. If you’re a Computer Subject teacher, for example, you need to teach your students about the latest trends in technology, updates that books cannot always provide because innovations in technology are created every minute. In this regard, student magazines really help.

Also, with the right SRMs, teachers and students get easy access to subject-related activities and exercises. Teachers get new ideas on how to effectively discuss a topic or give deeper discussions by presenting content that is already in the magazine.

As for students, SRMs encourage them to search for answers on their own and to learn at their own pace. Good student magazines foster genuine interest in learning.”

Charisse Mirabel, English, Junior High School

“The benefits of using SRMs in class do not stop at improving outcomes and student engagement. With the confining content of textbooks, student magazines offer teachers a variety of perspectives when it comes to knowledge transfer. Going beyond the curriculum, the teachers are challenged to make their students recognize the relevance of theories to real-life situations.

As these materials can be kept and revised or adapted for future references, the teachers’ flexibility is developed as well. Thus, the smart choice of subscribing to an excellent student magazine does not just produce exemplary students but most importantly, innovative and competent teachers.”

Teaching is a very laborious endeavor that requires educators to take on multiple tasks. But like Erika and Charisse, you can lessen the burden by subscribing to a good supplementary reading material that will engage your students, provide exercises, and give you the latest subject-related updates.

SD Magazines, Vibal Group’s supplementary reading materials, do just that and more. Available for eight subjects and 10 grade levels on a quarterly basis, SD magazines take on the challenge of providing more for students who deserve more. Contact your Vibal Account Executive or e-mail customercare@vibalgroup.com to receive your sample copy.

Editor’s note: Erika Arcamo and Charisse Mirabel are Associate Editors for Vibal’s ICT Digest and English Magazine respectively. Both are licensed teachers with previous experience in teaching.