Classrooms & Interdisciplinary Considerations:
Expanding Our Crestwood Spirit:
M & B, Inc.
Mrs. Marfy & Mr. Bendau's classes created a few enrichment and enhancement lessons to our 8th Grade Social Studies Curriculum designed to allow the entire student body to become teachers to each other at different times throughout our schoolyear. Both sets of students were blessed with skits, puppet shows, PowerPoint presentations, & live re-enactments. Mr. Bendau's class taught Mrs. Marfy's students about the significance of guerilla warfare learned in the French & Indian War by American colonists. Mrs. Marfy's students were enlisted in our army and by our "natives" to replicate the horrors of "Braddock's Defeat." Mrs. Marfy's students were also taught by our students how certain philosophers of the Enlightenment Era inspired the minds & hearts of our colonists during the darkest hours of the American Revolution. Mrs. Marfy's students taught our students about several cruel acts the British forced upon the American colonists on the "Road to Revolution." Mr. Bendau's classes performed Anti-British parodies about "benchmark moments" of the American Revolution, singing & dancing for the guest audience from Room 111. Both classes will join together for team explorations during our western movements across the North American continent, such as with Lewis & Clark, the Civil War, & the Homestead Acts!
Rigor & Relevance: When students can evaluate/synthesize real-world knowledge, apply it to real-world unpredictable situations, instruct other students on how to interpret their understanding of that material, they can then reflect, improve, and master their own student learning. Mr. Bendau & Mrs. Marfy design historical "hands-on" lessons that focus on this adaptation of instructing & assessing student learning.