You have a history test coming up, you dread studying for it. Is it really that bad? I can honestly say when I was in school, I thought it was. History was my least favorite subject and I thought it was boring! I of course did it, because that was the way I was raised. I should also probably mention that my mom worked at the school, so she would have KILLED me if I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to do!
I moved to the 7th grade for the 2018-2019 school year. This year we divided up subjects within the Special Education Department. I was tasked with science and history. I have had the pleasure of working with Coach Taylor and Coach Acevedo in the history department. They have played some exciting, interactive review games and I can honestly say they have made learning history fun! Now I am by no means saying you don’t need to study the old-fashioned way by reading your notes, but these two teachers have tried to make studying a little more appealing.
For instance, both play a game called Kahoot! ©. They type in questions and the students have 4 choices. If they get it correct, they get points. The faster they answer the more points they receive. I’ll be honest, the first time I played in Coach Taylor’s room I didn’t use my real name, I mean I couldn’t do bad in front of the students! Side note…I was 4th, I didn’t realize you got more points for answering quickly until half way through the game. Coach Acevedo likes to send a code to play the game at home the night before a test. Their incentive…they can earn two free answers for playing, the only stipulation is they must use their real name to get credit. He has approximately 170 students and about 120 students played it. That is 71% of the students studying for a history test. I think that is impressive!
All Star Hoops Review is another fun history review game. The class was divided into two teams. If they get the question correct, their team gets points. Was it worth it? The kids thought so, the winning team could use their notes on the test for 5 minutes. Bonus for the teacher, they actually had to study for the review game to earn the reward!
Studying is not always fun and games, but teachers are always trying to find ways to get students to study more. In one of the science classes, you could earn 7 points on your test for writing out flash cards for each question on the study guide. Let me explain, there were 70 questions, so you could earn one point for every 10 questions you wrote. One student said, “I’m not writing 70 flash cards for 7 little points!” I explained that 7 points on a test was HUGE and I highly encouraged him to write them. He took the test and made a 93, with his 7 bonus points he received a 100! He told me after the test, “thank you for making me do the flash cards”.
LMS has truly amazing teachers and they do everything they can to encourage the students to study and do well in school. They even try to have fun while doing it. That is one of the reasons why Lewisburg Middle School is the #1 school in the state of Mississippi, 3 years in a row!
Lisa Lewis – SPED Teacher