Burnet News Club skills

The Burnet News Club enables young people to develop reasoning, curiosity, open-mindedness, healthy scepticism and storytelling skills. 

CURIOSITY
Ask good questions

BeginningI ask questions about issues I am most interested in.
EmergingI ask questions about issues I am most interested in, and I ask a range of questions about different parts of issues.
DevelopingI ask questions about most issues.
SecureI ask questions about most issues, and I ask a range of questions about different parts of issues.
ExceedingI respond to answers to my questions with further questions. I am not easily satisfied with answers, and often want to ‘dig deeper’. 
Burnet News Club core skill: scepticism

SCEPTICISM
Be hard to deceive

BeginningI sometimes challenge statements or reasons, asking for reasons or evidence to make sure it’s true.
Emergingoften challenge statements or reasons, asking for reasons or evidence to make sure it’s true. I am not yet able to tell which statements or reasons most need to be challenged.
DevelopingI can tell which statements or reasons are weak and most need to be challenged.
SecureI am good at spotting weak statements or reasons, even if some part of what is said is correct.
ExceedingI am SECURE at scepticism and I sometimes challenge statements or reasons that many other people assume are true.
Burnet News Club core skill: reasoning

REASONING
Use strong reasons

BeginningI can give reasons for my opinions.
EmergingI can give reasons that are supported by evidence for my opinions.
DevelopingI can give strong reasons that are supported by evidence for my opinions.
SecureI can explain which of my reasons are strongest and why.
ExceedingI can find weaknesses in my reasons and make them stronger.
Burnet News Club core skill: storytelling

STORYTELLING
Be heard and understood

BeginningI can communicate my opinions clearly  so others understand me.
EmergingI can change the way I communicate to suit different audiences.
DevelopingI can capture and keep my audience’s attention with the way I communicate.
SecureI can use the best features of my chosen format  to communicate my opinion and capture my audience’s attention. (Different formats include writing, speaking, rap, etc.)
ExceedingI use my storytelling skills to make my opinion heard and understood, and never just for the sake of sounding or looking good. I never twist the facts.
Burnet News Club core skill: open-mindedness

OPEN-MINDEDNESS
Welcome other points of view

The ability to reach solutions or understanding with people who have different opinions to you.

BeginningI can summarise other people’s opinions.
EmergingI can empathise with different points of view, understanding the reasons behind them.
DevelopingI can see good points in arguments that I don’t agree with.
SecureI can challenge my own opinions, beliefs and ideas. I can see weaknesses in my own arguments.
ExceedingI actively seek different points of view before making my mind up, and I am able to change my mind.

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