Time Travel: a look at Historical Figures
I love telling stories and it is what I do best when I teach class. I know when to tell things factually, tell things with an interesting trivia story, and tell about a story with totally made up facts. It all gets the story across to my students and they never know when I telling any of the facts – right or wrong.
One of my favorites is the story about----- which I like to tell students that "that is what you learned in third or four grades because it got the story across to you back then. Now I'm telling you a deeper, more interesting story because you are older now. And when you get to college, they will tell you a more in-depth story." I know, I have been there - done that.
This set of activities allows students to be creative plus it lets them see how things are done in their own textbooks and how much more information there is out there on the internet.
I have used this project several times and gotten interest results each time. But as a teacher you just have to be ready for anything because you are leaving it open for students to take it any direction possible. I have gotten a lot of female historical figures and I have always wondered why. Then I've thought, the book covers almost NO FEMALE FIGURES but my students – mostly girls – wanted to know more about them than they had learned.
It always seems to open the door to a bigger more interesting history when I have let them pick. I just have to be ready for them to teach me. I think that over my teaching career, my students have made me a much better teacher. And I THANK them for that.