Our Curriculum Needs a Super Bowl

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It is the weekend of the big game, and its finally here!  The entire season has been leading up to this point.  All of those long hours watching the preseason, regular season, and playoffs will finally going pay off with the big game.  All of the analyzing, preparation, and reflecting is over.  The time is now, this is the weekend!

Just like football fans look forward to the big game each and every season, we, as teachers, can build to that same crescendo each year in our classroom.

The crescendo that we build to can take on many different forms in our individual classrooms.  The big idea is that we have individual lessons sprinkled throughout the school year that our curriculum builds to in order to reach a climax.

Much like a good book, students love the anticipation of a good story arc.  A story arc in which you have plenty of groundwork and anticipation leading to an unbelievable resolution.  Subject areas in which this can be successfully done are subjects like history, science, God’s Word, Reading, and more.

A wise teacher once stated, “If students had a choice to sit in my classroom, would they?”  While the goal of education isn’t entertainment, our goal should be excitement and passion for learning.  At the end of the day, don’t we want students to be passionate about what they are learning?  While each and every goal can’t always be successful, our overall goal remains.

Last school year we spent six months learning about ancient Rome.  I realize this is not possible for every school.  As a history teacher, I love being able to dig miles deep into a topic rather than just scratching the surface.

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Is History Dead in Your Classroom?

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“History is philosophy teaching by examples.”

That quote is attributed to the great Athenian general and historian, Thucydides.  We all know the old saying, “those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.”  While true, the quote from Thucydides gives that saying true gravity.  History not only teaches us about the past, it teaches us about ourselves.  It teaches us the principle that everything throughout history has a grand purpose and plan laid out by our Creator.

So this bears the question, do you find yourself in a history teaching rut?  Do you find yourself repeating endless lessons without flavor and life?  Do you spend too many days assigning text without context or meaning?

Don’t feel ashamed, we’ve all been there.

I’ve got good news, you can bring history to life immediately.  Allow me to share just a few ideas and a little background on myself.

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