School was not a challenge for me growing up. I was usually bored and busy talking. It was not until my junior year when my APUSH teacher Mr. Greenfield informed me on day 1 that he was aware that I was smart and that he would be challenging me. He did not allow me to use the textbook. All my learning came from primary resources and outside of the classroom research.
The surprise to me was that I absolutely loved the challenge and the feeling of accomplishment of learning it on my own. This year I am split between teaching US/VA History Honors 11 and English 8 and I can’t stress enough how much my heart sings while guiding my history students in their own explorations for learning. I know Mr. Greenfield would be!