Teaching is weird, because (I assume) you have to go into each year as though it is the BIGGEST YEAR EVER and then all of a sudden, 180 instructional days later, it’s over. At least, that’s how I approached this past year because all I wanted in the world was to make it a million times better than my first year — and to prove to myself that I WAS capable of being a good teacher. But I feel like I’m the kind of person who can’t take chances…I will probably treat each upcoming year as though it is the most important year ever, because I’m so paranoid about what will happen if I set up my classroom experience the wrong way.
Last week students completed their Board Game Projects, in which they took any historical topic that we had covered and created some sort of board game out of it. This was a huge success for me, because I only gave my students 3 full days instead of the 5 days I gave students last year….my instructions were clearer, as were my expectations….I have never seen so many little heads working so quickly and quietly for three days straight as I did during this assignment. There was basically no fooling around, and if someone did slink away from their own group….it was to examine the project of someone else. It was a huge gamble giving them so little time, but the results were phenomenal!
At first I thought that they missed the point at this one and that it was solely a basketball game, but then I read more and saw that the player’s goal is to stop Johan Tetzel 😉
Sometimes, letting kids have creative historical freedom means you end up with Godzilla in your Historical Board Games…
Renaissance SkeeBall 🙂
My first group of kids whom I felt a real connection to. It’s going to be hard to let them go.