Just because I'm a Social Studies teacher doesn't mean I love every subject that falls under the category of Social Studies. In fact, when I began teaching, I had an intense dislike of World History!
My first job was my dream job - teaching all U.S. History classes. Then, my husband and I moved to a different state. I found myself teaching, of all subjects, WORLD HISTORY! I had to figure out how to teach a subject I hated without making my students hate it, too.
2. Get creative and think outside of the box. What will get you excited about teaching the material? If you are excited, your excitement will transfer to your students.
3. Accept help. It's extremely time consuming to create a brand new curriculum from scratch. Don't try to do it totally on your own. Accept lessons, ideas, and suggestions from veteran teachers. Go online and search for lesson ideas. Check out sites like Teachers Pay Teachers for quality freebies and paid products.
4. Start small. It's simply not practical to make every single lesson creative and fun. If you try, you'll burn out. Realize that your curriculum is a work in progress. It won't be perfect year one (or year 15 for that matter!) and that is OK!
5. Give yourself a break. To maintain your sanity, you need to take a break every once in a while. Let the students watch a movie and compare/contrast it to what really happened or let your students teach each other. After a short break, you'll be ready to go again!
Want to know what happened after my first few months of teaching World History?
I realized it was a ton of fun to teach and it became my favorite subject to teach!
Whether it's World or U.S. History that is currently the bane of your existence, I have lots of freebies that will help as you head back to school or even if you are already knee-deep in the school year. Here are a few of my favorites: