HURON — Andrew Raml and Derek Schaefers, eighth-grade history teachers at Huron Middle School, spoke to the Beadle County Republican Women on Thursday.
Raml and Schaefers discussed the classwork they do with students throughout the year covering the history of the country, beginning with the Revolutionary War and continuing through more modern history while also involving civics education.
They discussed holding elections within the classroom this year and creating a set of classroom rules that were voted on by the class.
“Like with the Supreme Court, we had to make sure ours agreed with school rules, our ‘constitution',” noted Raml.
Schaefers reflected that upon voting this year, students were able to have discussions about the process as both teachers were able to discuss participating in the election process.
When asked about including current events, both teachers reflected on the recent conflict in Ukraine.
“When that happened, we could relate it to the Cold War and the former U.S.S.R. and where some of the conflict comes from,” Raml explained.
“Typically, though, current events are brought up more through classroom discussion from the students,” added Schaefers.