I'll never forget the only time I ever fell asleep in class. I was in college, and the professor (a man who had the most monotone voice ever - he made Ben Stein sound like a motivational speaker) was droning one and on about George Bernard Shaw (an author who wasn't even on the reading list for that class). My head started doing that droop and jerk thing on that warm spring day until it nearly drooped all the way to my desk. I jerked my head back so violently that I smacked my head into the cinder block wall behind me hard enough to see stars and almost pass out!
I vowed then and there that as a teacher, I would never give boring notes to my students. Over the years I have developed a very energetic lecture style infused with stories, re-enactments and jokes to keep my students attention and spark their interest. But, it wasn't until I developed my interactive notes that I solved my problem of students not (or at least not neatly) recording the critical content.
My Ancient Egypt Interactive Notes include 3 presentations that utilize Google Slides (Egyptian Buildings, Egyptian Cultural Institutions and a Timeline of Ancient Egypt). Each presentation has built in "Turn and Talks" to allow students to think about and process the content and explicit directions for what to record and when to record it (so they have time to process the new information) on the provided student note taking sheets. Each presentation ends by giving students time to complete a short skills-based activity that uses the information they just learned!
So, click the link below to check out my Ancient Egypt Interactive Notes, and don't forget to look at and follow the rest of my store for more great Social Studies resources!
I'm an 18 year veteran teacher that loves teaching, coaching, writing, and my family.