I have no scientific data to back up my assumption that most teachers in America—at least the ones teaching in the upper-elementary grades through high school—took time out of the day yesterday either to watch part of the inauguration or discuss the events and their place in history. Even in a busy school day, with a full curriculum, this topic warrants priority.
Over at Teacher Magazine I found an interesting, albeit brief, discussion about what teachers would be doing on Inauguration Day, but I wonder how it all turned out. How did you make the topic meaningful for your students?
Did the events engage them in the content? Will this be part of ongoing lessons in your classroom? Why or why not?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.