My high school students are working on their final projects examining a shift in US history. They’re digging into primary and secondary sources, creating timelines, drafting papers, conducting interviews, and planning learning experiences for the whole class. They choose a wide range of areas of focus for their projects, and I’ve seen many of them come alive when given the chance to dig into their passions.
I’ll confess I’m a little bummed because they’ve left out some of the topics in which I am most interested (namely religion, law, education, and agriculture) and about which I already have tons of resources at the ready. Not having a ready set of sources to pass along means that I’ve had to dig along with students in their research. It’ll also mean that when they present their learning experiences to the class, I’ll be more authentically a student and less a teacher playing student.
Powerful reminders that it’s not about me.