Have you ever had a moment in class when, in the middle of teaching, realize that you should have paid just a bit more attention in the planning stages of the whole thing? Yeah...that happened to me today.
When I am planning my lessons, I tend to gather materials from all over the web to use in my room. I really don't have a favorite site, I just sort of pick and choose things that will suit my needs. So, for my lesson on the reasons for exploration, I choose a two page information sheet from a homeschooling site that really looked like it had exactly what I needed. I read...most of it...and was pleased.
The paragraph started to quote all of this scripture, talk about the "forceful Muslim religion" and how people wanted to spread the word of the lord savior Jesus Christ. Um...yeah...that isn't exactly what I was going for in our historical discussion! So I sort of paraphrased and then went into a big discussion on how sometimes sources aren't as reliable as others because they may be biased or slant towards a specific point of view and that is why it is important to get many sources when writing informational text.
When the kids made their flipbooks summarizing the main reasons for exploration, we were sure to use our text book too ;)
Has anything like this ever happened to you? Please tell me I am not alone in "surprise" info that comes up while teaching!