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Old 01-11-2021, 07:51 PM
 
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Mr. Harper, 5th Grade at University Park Elementary. We learned about combustion engines. I still remember the intense diagram he drew freehand on the board (with chalk--pre overheads, whiteboards, or interactive digital resources). We also studied the history and politics leading up to the Vietnam War, using resources that must have been intended for a much older group. It was deeply meaningful and challenging. It was a time when many of us had parents or siblings in the military, and we watched the death counts on television every night. Yes, this is really dating me! Mr. Harper challenged us, and we were engaged. He must have had a lot more freedom with curriculum than teachers today--I'm sure neither of the topics I mentioned were in the standard 5th grade curriculum. Be sharper with Harper was our motto. (It was also a television motto for a local sewerage company!)
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