Back to School Memories
After the first grade back to school was not happy and exciting. No, back to school meant waking up early and homework. What kid likes that?
My distaste for homework never faltered but my strongest memory of elementary school does not involve homework. It was during fifth grade. My fifth grade year was tough. My teacher, Mr. Tobes, had high-expectations for his students.
Every week each student completed a history project and at the end of the history unit a larger project was due.
Yuck! Project, project, project.
Mr. Tobes had great ideas for his students in addition to his high expectations. His great ideas were fun.
Battle of Gettysburg
I was in fifth grade during the late 70’s. The 1970’s was a time absent of politically correct (was it even a phrase back then?), fewer limitations, and more adventure.
Naturally, we reenacted the Battle of Gettysburg while studying the Civil War. Didn’t every class do this? I said Mr. Tobes had great ideas.
Our battle included BB guns, swords, and a horse. Yes, a real, living horse. No limitations to how we reenacted our history lesson.
Here’s the proof. Our general on his horse.
This is the most incredible memory I have of school. Unfortunately, we didn’t have smart phones or video recorders to capture our battle.
By the way, I was Confederate soldier who died in battle. The best death scene ever!