A couple of nights ago a former student majoring in social studies education asked me for some guidance. Shes in the midst of her student teaching and wanted to know if I had any thoughts on how she could teach the subject of World War I. Before I could answer, though, she informed me that her students were "burned out on book work," which I took to mean that any suggestion that involved their actually reading something would be ill-received. When I tried to get more of a sense of what she was looking for, she helpfully informed me that last week she had taught the students how to fox-trot.
I apologized, and told her that I didnt think I could be of help. Im afraid Im hopeless as a ballroom dancer.