@lisa_hollenbach This week was my first week of observations for the current semester. I am observing a high school level Anthropology class and a high school level Archaeology class. Both classes have around 30 students and the majority of the students are juniors and seniors taking the course for elective credits. One of the first things that my co-op teacher said to me during my first observation is, “You have to make it fun for the kids. If it is not fun, then what;s the point?” This resonated pretty strongly with me, because as I was looking through the materials for the two classes, I couldn't help but think, this stuff is pretty dry, how would I be able to get a kid interested in learning about this stuff? But my co-op showed me something very important. Its not what your teaching that makes the difference, its how you teach it. From what I have observed this far, my co-op tries very hard to make the information applicable and understandable for the teenage kids he’s teaching and the kids respond very well to that. He structures the class as more a conversation between students and the teacher instead of a lecture where he acts like he knows it all and the kids know nothing. Due to this approach, I think the students are able to grasp a far better understanding of the material and can feel open and comfortable openly talking about the topics and how they may or may not relate to their own lives. #SED363

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