Okay, this is funny. Well, maybe not funny to you History Teacher types. I teach 3 periods of AVID, and we are starting our tutorials this week. This is where a student brings a problem for the group. The group doesn’t solve it for the student, but leads and guides him to find the answers for himself.
I did a model tutorial question. The question I posed to my 8th grade students was, “Why did the Pilgrims decide to leave Europe for the new land?” Everyone looked at me with blank expressions on their faces.
Another try. “What are you studying in History?”
“Okay, so why did they come here? Do you know this?”
It took all period, but finally, finally…we discovered through our textbook (*cough*), that they indeed left Europe because of persecution, etc. They were a bit sketchy on other historical happenings, like the Magna Carta. They had no real clue about the Reformation, and claimed that their 7th grade History teacher didn’t teach them anything. The Anglican church? Never heard of it.
So, why am I putting all these links? I have a secret hope that my students will read them. They usually blog with me on the classroom blog. Perhaps, I’ll send them this way.
I referenced Eddie Izzard. I thought there was hope when one student said, *Hoocha Hoocha Hoocha Lobster*, but she didn’t know the answer either.
A side note? I am a MEMBER of the Mayflower Society. My ancestor was William White. His pregnant wife was the first Pilgrim to give birth in the new land. Alas, she was also the first bride, as poor William died the next spring.
The tutorial? It was a hoot. I did my *How-did-you-get-to-the-8th-grade-without-knowing-this?* speech. Fun and sad all at the same time.