Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Back in the classroom, as Ranger Mannie

This entry sat dormant since last October, overtaken by events of the moment I guess. I just came upon it again and decided to post it. 

I was invited to an elementary school in Frederick County last Autumn to talk about the Battle of Antietam with an after school group.


Needless to say, we all stayed pretty engaged.


Even if I had to get right in to the faces of the "too cool for school" gals for awhile.  
Eventually, even they warmed up.


Like all teaching, you extend yourself, provoke them, make them question some assumptions, and something is likely to stick.

I love teaching...

every day.

Ranger Mannie


3 comments:

Jared Frederick said...

There is no greater satisfaction in the history field than knowing that you have taught a young person something important. (It's a big plus when they enjoy it too!)

King Cas said...

You are a hero in the classroom! I love your teaching ethic of "extend yourself, provoke them, make them question some assumptions, and something is likely to stick." I do some teaching of young people on occasion and have never been quite able to figure out the right style. You are on to something here. Time for you to start thinking of writing a book on teaching the Civil War in elementary school. If you need a proof reader, let me know!

Jim Beeghley said...

Ranger Mannie,

You should look into virtual classroom sessions via Skype or some other video. Expand your reach and impact more students.

BTW: Have you seen Civil War Sallie? She needs to visit Antietam.
http://civilwarsallie.wikispaces.com

Jim