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So, things are finally starting to settle down in my second year of teaching. This is going to be a crazy week, as one of the sixth grade teachers is going to be moving down to fifth grade, but at least that means we'll have smaller classes (Currently I have two classes of around 30. With the third teacher, it will be three classes of around 20).

Anyway, on the day of our first social studies lesson, I asked my students, "What is history? Why is it important?"  I laughed at almost all of the answers I got. Here are some of the highlights:
  • "It is in the 1800's"
  • "History is important because of learning the past it like when you were a baby that the past. History is the past and not the future it like George Washington and Abram Linelinon just like you are going to be in the past."
  • "History is important because History tells us of the past if it wasent for aberham linken we would not have a Presidant if it wasent for world war 1, 2, and 3 we would not have freedom and the Smithsonian."
  • "History is a story of what hapend in the past tense. without history there probly be no us"
  • "history is what happend in the past. Because, it help's you learn better. The Cristiffer found Oklahoma."
  • "History is like people who lived in the past. it is important because we can figure out how they did stuff like how they washed close."

Date: 2011-09-12 10:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] 3rdragon
Those are simultaneously amazing and distressing.

Date: 2011-09-13 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookaddict88.livejournal.com
They are! Though it's the quality of the writing in the "paragraphs" that distresses me more than the knowledge of history. Up to this point, they haven't had a whole lot of history in the curriculum, but fifth graders should be writing better than my students are. But since it's not a tested subject until fifth grade, it mostly gets thrown by the wayside. So we certainly have a lot to cover, but it is pretty amazing to see how much they can learn and grow in just a year!

Date: 2011-09-12 12:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
Awww! Some of those are almost poetic, and they all have a hint of truth in them (though I'm worried about World War III, and I don't know who The Cristiffer was).

I like the details. The Smithsonian. How people washed clothes :-)

...

But yeah, you have your work cut out for you, I'd say.

Date: 2011-09-13 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookaddict88.livejournal.com
They are great, aren't they? And definitely some truth in each; I particularly liked the philosophical "just like you are going to be in the past".

(I'm thinking The Cristiffer is meant to be Christopher Colombus.)

Date: 2011-10-23 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] j-cheney.livejournal.com
I'm still wondering about the Cristiffer, too...

Date: 2011-09-12 12:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
Can I share on my blog (referring people back to yours, of course)?

Date: 2011-09-13 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
Thank you! The entry is up now.

Date: 2011-09-12 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
Hey, they are trying to think!

Date: 2011-09-13 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookaddict88.livejournal.com
They are! I had several students whose answers were blank, or left off after "History is", but most of them did put some thought into their answer.

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