In. this video, I analyze the benefits of learning content in-depth vs. surface learning. Enjoy! Feel free to share any thoughts in the comments below.
We are one month into our study of World War I in American History. We culminated our first month of study with our lesson on the famous Christmas Truce of 1914.
This lesson was so much fun! The video is of the brief, 6-minute lecture to go with the lesson. At the beginning of the lesson, you will hear a group of students using bells to go with the music. Following the lecture, we enjoyed a “No Man’s Land Soccer Match” outside. We set up “land mines” and “barbed wire” for the students to perform around. Our obstacles were trash cans, buckets, etc. The students loved it! When we finished, we came in and enjoyed some homemade hot chocolate and finished the lesson with an unbelievable and moving mini-movie (3 minutes) put together by Sainsbury’s. This video can be found on YouTube.
Enjoy and as always have a passion for what you teach!
I am so excited for the upcoming school year, and the content I will be teaching for American History II. Our complete focus will be on the time period from World War I through World War II. It is going to be incredible!
A couple highlights from the picture.
History Theme: Our theme for this year’s history study will be, Rise
Year at a Glance: Our course of study is all laid out on the Rise Word Chart. The larger the word, the more emphasis that lesson will receive throughout the year.
Our Monthly Lessons to Buy a Ticket For: I like to lead to a major lesson every month. It gives us purpose, and it keeps our minds on track. I dub these lessons, “A lesson you would buy a ticket for!” This concept is from the incredible education book, Teach Like a Pirate.
If you are interested in a closer up shot of the monthly lessons or the year plan, just drop a comment in the comment section!
As always, be passionate and keep growing!
Bible reference is Judges 15. God showers us with His mercy, and never forgets his faithful servants.
As of the last measurement, Friendswood, Texas has received 49.23 inches of rain during the deluge of Hurricane Harvey. As many of your are aware, this has caused massive flooding in the Friendswood area and throughout Houston. The creeks, our natural drainage system in Friendswood, are all at record flood stage. Over 30% of the city’s homes are under water, and that number could continue to rise. Parts of the city are totally cut off from emergency services. It is the definition of a disaster.
Many other parts of Houston and the surrounding areas have lost everything. As we speak, there are several communities going through mandatory evacuations. There are concerns over rising rivers, structural levees, and continued release of waters from Houston’s reservoirs.
We have seen rescues by air, water, and boat. We have seen total strangers come from hundreds of miles away just to give a helping hand. We have seen communities come together even in the midst of the storm.
I’ve had the privilege of serving in Friendswood, Texas as a principal and teacher for the last 14 years of my life. God led me to Friendswood to serve at Lord of Life Lutheran School. I long for the days of being back in the classroom teaching a history lesson.
However, through these last few days one thing has become evident to me. Through all of the devastation, destruction, and chaos, our God reigns!
There is this truly proud, American mindset that we will pick ourselves up and that we will rebuild and we will come together as a community to move forward. It is an American thing. It is a Texan thing. But it is also a God thing.
The underlying knowledge that we have something that is more powerful than the awe-inspiring nature that has been on display for nearly a week. The knowledge that God is watching over and caring for us on an individual basis.
It is one thing to say that God cares about people. It is all the more humbling to think that God cares about _____________ (fill in that blank with your name). Through this storm, He knew every worry, every struggle, and every situation.
Watching the news reports on television, how can we not come out of this with a sense of hope? Seeing stranger help stranger. Seeing boat after boat lined up on the street to go help. Seeing a convention center full of food, clothing, and volunteers.
Hope overcomes all. God overcomes all. God is the source of all of our hope.
Continued prayers for all who are affected by the devastation in Houston. For many, the worst is yet to come. The rivers are rising, the bayous are rising, the reservoirs are backing up.
Our hope is there, our hope is unchanging. Our hope rests in Him.
The latest ad I’m working on promoting the importance of creativity in education. A great read on this topic is Dr. Ken Robinson. You can check out his passionate TED talk on the subject on YouTube.