So many teachers are getting creative and making the most out of a difficult teaching situation. For one, there was the teacher who turned her students’ desks into socially-distant trucks.
Now a history teacher has gone viral for where she moved her classroom for a few weeks: onto a road trip.
That teacher’s name is Cathy Cluck. With the first few weeks remote only at her Austin, Texas high school, she got permission to take her classroom on the road — literally!
Nicknamed the “Great American History Road Trip,” the AP European History and AP U.S. History teacher, packed her bags, hopped into car, and visited a number of historically significant landmarks and sights.
From the west coat to the east coast, Cluck set up her “classroom” while visiting places like the Lincoln Memorial, the settlements at Jamestown, and remarkable sites like where Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton famously dueled in 1804.
She turned her phone into a hotspot so she could contact with her classroom virtually, pretty much no matter where stopped. As she told Yahoo about her history road trip,
I was just trying to figure out, how can I make this school year interesting and fun for kids? I mean, I don’t know how to do [remote learning]. I wasn’t trained to be an online teacher… So I figured, what if I teach history from the places where it happened? Maybe that would at least make them want to log in to find out where their teacher is every day.”
While she’s back in Texas now for in-person learning, it truly sounds like a trip of a lifetime and an amazing educational experience for her students.
Lucky for me (and everyone else) her lessons are also available on YouTube.