Tag: Teaching

To My Faculty

While we seem so far apart right now, we still are so close.   It feels like a year since I’ve seen Valorie excitedly run and get a book from the library, or seen Kenya get ready for another day of Math (hogging the…

Ancient History Lesson – Macedonian Army Advancements

A look inside our ancient history class.  We have just begun the study of the rise Alexander the Great.  We began with the assassination of his father, Phillip.  Through Phillip and Alexander, the Macedonian army was able to make major advancements that allowed them…

The True Effect of the Coronavirus on the Classroom

A teacher’s perspective on the true effect that meeting virtually has on teaching.  

Bringing History to Life: Battle of 300

With just a little documented sources to use for the battle of Thermopylae, I chose a little bit of a Hollywood version for the students to enjoy. Of course we compared it to actual quotes of Herodotus.

The Thundering Herd

4-5th grade oil pastel buffalo celebrating the animal that so many Native American tribes hunted not for sport but survival. We spent a few days discovering the various ways they would use EVERY part of the animal. Next week a guest speaker who is…

Ancient History Plans – A Storyteller’s Dream

My major lessons for this school year for Junior High Ancient History.  These are lessons that are hopefully so good that you could sell a ticket for them!  The theory behind planning a major lesson each month is that you are always building to…

Get Out of the Jungle as You Prepare for the School Year

From Definitive to Confident in the Classroom

Last year I went to DisneyWorld.  I could not believe the long lines for rides.  While some of the lines were definitely not worth the wait (Haunted Mansion I’m looking at you), other rides (Splash Mountain) were definitely worth the wait.  This wild ride…

What My 88-Year-Old Grandma Taught Me about Teaching (and Life)

Teaching is not rocket science, nor is pretty much anything else in life.  I read a book years ago where the authors explained some of the most complicated ideas, inventions, and concepts using only the the 500 most common words in the English language. …

Teach with Passion

Connecting God’s Word to Novel Reading

In my current Literature I and Literature II classes. we are reading the novels, Summer of Riley and The Last Book in the Universe.  Both of these novels focus on the sacrifice of the main character. To introduce the climax of both novels, we examined the sacrifice…

Election Day 2018: Our Calling to the Next Generation

Why is the teaching of history, government, civics, and our constitution so important in our WELS schools?  

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