Mr. Gelston’s One Room Schoolhouse is offering a first-time, very small group history option for Gifted Homeschool families. Our goal is to provide an outlet for gifted teens to use their passion-based learning drives to explore current events within a broader context. By organizing just a handful of teens, we hope to encourage active discussion and sharing various points of view within a safe learning environment.
I have asked Darby Kennedy, MA, to lead this project. Darby has been a Mr. Gelston parent since 2012. Her personal and professional history includes being a public school history teacher, Gifted Homeschool Parent, and homeschool coop leader.
My teaching style is very conversational and I like to encourage respectful discussion between students. Disagreeing is fine (with me, with others) as long as that disagreement is with an idea and not a person. Goodness knows we could use a little more civility in this world! I like when students bring in new and different viewpoints, as long as they can back those up with non-biased facts. I do a lot of educating about media, sources, and knowing about who provides your information. My overall goal is that when a student leaves me, they think a little more deeply, know how to research a little more widely, and feel better about exploring new ideas on their own.Darby Kennedy, MA
World and national events today are inextricably tied to history. To understand today’s events, you have to analyze both the present and the past. The study of current events is the perfect way for students to bring together an interest in politics, geography, sociology, history, and the media while learning about what is going on in the world right now.
This class will meet once a week for 60 minutes and will consist of an overview of the topic(s) of the day and the history of the topic, followed by a group discussion of points that the students find interesting.
Expectations and Policies
Because this class is based on events occurring right now, students need to spend time each day watching, reading, or listening to the news. They can use the media outlet of their choice, though I encourage students to get multiple viewpoints of a news story. The amount of time they put into examining the news each week will have a big impact on how much they are able to contribute to the class, and how much they get out of class. Each week, 24-36 hours before class meets, students will receive, via email, online material to read or watch that will give them some historical reference for our class meeting.
Because today’s news often includes mature content, this class is recommended for 13-year-olds and up.
If you are interested, please fill out the form and then purchase the class below. There is limited seating for this group.
This 6-week course is $125 per learner.