*A Big Change
When my husband and I relocated to a new area for his job, I had to change grade levels in order to work at my dream school. Jumping from 2nd grade to 5th grade was an overwhelming thought that had me in a state of panic for the majority of the summer leading up to the school year. One of the areas I knew I would need the most help in was content – specifically, social studies. I would be moving from teaching topics such as “What is a good citizen?” and “What is a community?” to teaching “Explain Lincoln’s plans for Reconstruction.” and “What does globalization look like today.” Cue a dropped jaw and sleepless nights with social studies textbooks dancing in my head.
*Learning to Love History
I’ll be honest…I never loved social studies class growing up. History did not really interest me. Remembering dates was not my thing, so I never felt like I had a really good grasp on things. However, one of the things that I most passionately believe to be true about teaching is that your students grow to love what you love. An enthusiastic teacher can engage students with the most boring lesson about pencil shavings if they have the right attitude and passion. I knew I needed to find a way to at least like social studies so that I could teach my students more passionately.