After fifteen years at Episcopal, the relationships I have developed with my colleagues and the many families who have allowed me the privilege to play a positive role in their children’s lives are so meaningful to me. The people are what make EHS so special, and I treasure my quality time and conversations with them.
First, work smarter not harder. There is no need to spend hours poring over the textbook or every word said in class. It is better to constantly ask, “Why are we doing this? What are the most important ideas here?” Next, add something meaningful from your own perspective to the class conversation about history. Participating in classroom discussion is important so that others can learn from everyone's questions and comments. Also, be willing to make changes. Try new study methods and be open to suggestions for improvement. Finally, have fun! A positive attitude will take students a long way in life.
I design my classes to focus on ways to make history relevant to students’ lives. First, I love getting them engaged in the real work of history by having them study primary sources. I try to pick readings that connect to the students in some meaningful way, whether it is an interesting historical figure or an issue that relates to experiences teenagers still have today. Also, I love emphasizing the storytelling aspect of history. I like to recount the stories about interesting and important events from the past in a way that students find entertaining. Overall, I try to present things from the view that people who lived a long time ago and/or in far-off places aren’t all that different from us because of the shared nature of the human experience.