Students in this 8th grade history class have been learning history and history skills with me since they were brand new 7th graders. They are a fantastic group of students from whom I take inspiration. I continue to learn from my students as well. They have unique ideas for ways to process some historic topics. Connor, for example, loves a good debate. While I couldn’t necessarily work that in to each unit, there comes a time when I see that students are ready with the background knowledge and understanding they need to hash out two (or more) sides of a historical but relevant issue. Then we go for it. I will post an example of a collaborative lesson in a future post. Stay tuned.
I’ve asked my students to introduce themselves here. A scan of their comments on this post will help you gain an understanding of what California students like, how they spend their after school and weekend time, and you will see that within our class there are lots of differences of opinion and perspectives. Please reply to a student’s comment by telling a bit about yourself. We can’t wait to get to know our peers across the globe.