As always life has been incredibly busy and I have often find less and less time to sit down and blog. My kids are getting older and active, our football team is 6-0 and playing some very good football, I am still teaching World History, and have added AP World History to my schedule. As for my use of games in the classroom: I will continue to use Making History this year. I am also using the InQuizitor. Both I have blogged about here. I also have my AP kids blogging. So like too many people in America I have a lot going on but it is all beneficial to me and my students. I had a great moment the other day in my AP class when we were discussing Acient Egypt. The topic turned to taxing districts that occured at regular intervals along the Nile. Somewhere in the conversation it hit me that this discussion is not normal for Sophomores. That the thoughts that the AP kids were having were pushing me to become a better teacher and to gain more knowledge. That was one of those moments in teaching when I realized that the kid was making me get better….I like that.
Also, I have blogged here about student travel and the benefits of exposing students to the cultures of the world. I have submitted the necessary paperwork to our Board of Education for the approval of our next trip overseas. (it will be our 7th trip) I am confident that the approval will be forthcoming and I will take a new batch of kids to see the wonder of Europe. These expereinces are beyond anything I can do in the classroom and are activites that I can not replicate.
Just wanted to post an update. When football is over hopefully I can become a bit more regular with my postings.