Football and US History

The following post was written by Humanites Intern and OLu junior, Max Krusiewicz.

BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! The deafening sound of Mr. Spors slamming his imaginary drums to marching band music draws us in and stamps smiles on our faces. On the screen at the front of the room  is a slide projecting an unlikely pair: a patriot with a bayonet standing alongside a football with a sign reading, “The Revolutionary War as a Football Game!”

Mr. Robert Spors is known for his enthusiasm in teaching. When you think about it, studying history is like reading a never ending story. And without an inspiring narrator, learning would be futile.

Mr. Spors has mastered his trade over thirty-two years of working at Orange Lutheran. Being able to inform the students about US history has become second nature to him. Incredibly, many of the stories that have withstood the test of time are the battles taken place on American soil. The United States started as a feeble nation that barely survived as a country, but grew to become the biggest powerhouse in the world. Mr. Spors decides to to narrate the battles taken on US grounds in a fun and captivating way, and ends up engaging his students in the process.

Being a big fan of sports, Mr. Spors decides to incorporate the two things he loves most: teaching and football. So as a result, Mr. Spors awards us with a lecture on the Revolutionary War as a football game. Two sides line up, ready for battle, and BAM! The whistle blows and the countries engage.

History is hard for some students because it is all dates and details that seem to jumble up all over. However, if a sport is molded into the lecture, students (especially at OLu) are suddenly hooked and the important dates and details start to come to life.

Mr. Spors uses his huge personality to help his students to enjoy learning about history. The stories are not just words from our books anymore, brilliantly, Mr. Spors is kickstarting our brains to imagine what the wars were like in real life.

 

About the Author:

Max Krusiewicz is a Junior at Orange Lutheran. Max attended Foothill High School until his second semester of Sophomore year. When he transferred to OLu, Max fell in love with the school and writing. He became part of the Humanities and serves as the Champions of Teaching and Learning Student Intern. He also enjoys surfing and hanging out with his family and friends.

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Press Conference

The following post is written by OLu Junior Humanities Academy intern Max Krusiewisz

Mr. Medina paces the room. His students are wide eyed and eager. He pauses and looks up. He smiles. His eyes twinkle. Then he opens his mouth.

“And… now.”

Immediately, the class room erupts with bursting questions.

Hold up. Let me back up a minute to explain.

 

It’s the first day back at Orange Lutheran, the start of the new year. As the students pile in to 8th period Journalism class they find their new teacher standing at the front of the room. It’s Mr. Medina, the Honors English 3 teacher and experienced journalist.

 

Most classes receive a syllabus on their first day back at school. The syllabus is designed to inform the class of the curriculum and rules of the classroom. However, Mr. Medina has a different idea in store today. He quickly introduces himself and assigns us our first mission as journalists. We are to brainstorm for five minutes on questions about our future class. When the allotted is up we will hold our first press conference on Mr. Medina about the year.

 

Excitedly, every student brainstorms and soon the press conference begins. Mr. Medina answers firing questions from each student, concerning grades, assignments, rules, and of course, Orange Lutheran’s school magazine, The Cornerstone.

 

Most classes on the first day are boring. There is a syllabus handed out, there are rules enforced, and everyone relaxes into the school year. Mr. Medina cleverly incorporated his own class into a boring thing like a syllabus and engaged his class. AND, it was fun. It geared up his journalists for the new year immediately.

 

As we left class that day Mr. Medina inspired us: As journalists, we are “history’s first author!”

What a way to start the school year!