DO YOU WANT TO SUCCEED?

In June, I asked my graduating historians to give some words of wisdom to their successors. Here are a few tidbits of advice from last year's students.

In order to succeed in 8th Grade American History ...

  • Use the opportunities Mr. Taft gives, especially extra credit, study sessions (get hints for quizzes and tests!), and any extras online
  • Participate in activities in class! It's not as embarrassing as you think it is!
  • Sing in class.
  • Do not take shortcuts.
  • Give everything your all.  You can't get by with the bare minimum.
  • Take advantage of rubrics and every source that Mr. Taft provides you.
  • Know what jokes Mr. Taft likes.
  • Find movies Mr. Taft likes and prove to him that you have culture.
  • Have fun.
  • Take advantage of rubrics because it’s really easy to get an OHYEAH if you follow them.  
  • Get to know Mr. Taft, you will learn that he is a great guy and loves to help us learn in a unique way.
  • Try to get engaged in the class. You will do better when you get into it.
  • Connect your lessons to outside of class.
  • Come to class with an open mind.
  • Be respectful to other students and Mr. Taft.
  • Learn as the year goes on when Mr. Taft is in a good or bad mood. 
  • Do the readings even if Mr. Taft won't know and there aren’t questions.
  • Use ABC Clio and the resources around you.
  • Do your homework, if not then you won’t be able to take part of his fun activities. 
  • If you study what on the study guide and listen to him in class (which is easy) then you will be prepared. 
  • Always do extra credit and get involved with the outer world.
  • Talk to your parents about what your learning - they must have amemory of what you learned in class. Enjoy it!
  • Remember to fill in the table of contents.
  • Have oodles of fun.
  • Keep your binder organized.
  • Don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself because it will help you learn.
  • Develop opinions in discussions.
  • Do not get stressed.
  • Give a good 1st impression.
  • Don't get behind one the homework, it piles up fast.
  • The number is always two
  • Bring peach jolly ranchers
  • It’s much better to write a little bit too much than to write not enough.
  • Go in and ask Mr. Taft if you have a question or are at all confused on anything.
  • Make sure you use the binder! Keep it organized well and up to date, and USE IT to study for tests
  • Never bet Taft on anything - he will always win.
  • Think both in and outside the box.
  • Do homework at home.
  • Ask questions.
  • Follow the common trust.
  • Choose good partners for projects.
  • Do not say "like" too much.
  • Doodle historically with colored pens in your notebook to add color and creativity!
  • Want to learn. It really shows if you have genuine interest in a topic.
    Immerse yourself in what your learning about!
  • Play along with Taft's jokes.
  • Make sure that you keep an updated table of contents.
  • Study a few days before the test...not the night before. There is too much information to study the night before.
  • Review your homework for class.
  • Believe with all your heart that American History Rules!
  • Watch Movies. They're fun and interesting and give you great extracredit   
  • The homework is a lot, but if you keep up, it is manageable. Just do it on time with quality and you won't fall behind.   
  • Ask Taft for help. He WILL HELP YOU so ask
  • The tests are not hard if you work hard during class and pay attention---but don't forget to review for them.
  • Use the class website and online resources.
  • Do not insult Mr. Schwieters in front of Mr. Taft. 
  • Choose your partners and topic wisely for NHD.
  • Remember that this stuff is interesting and important to learn.
  • Keep neat and clean notes that are legible! 
  • Make Taft feel better by telling him he has a lot of hair.
  • Follow rubrics.
  • You really don't have to study for his quizzes and tests (except for the Bar Exam). As long as you listen, you can get A's on them. 
  • Of course always believe that AMERICAN HISTORY RULES!

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