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Why Many Teachers Don’t Bother Making Their Lessons Interesting

March 19, 2014



The cost of being imaginative and creative when developing lessons can come with a price. Take the story of a teacher that brought in non-alcoholic beer for her students in order to give them the feel of life in the 1700’s. Was she right to give her students the ale? Quite clearly the answer is no.

But at least she tried to make her teaching meaningful. Too many teachers steer away from the risks of trying something new and avoid the time and energy expended providing their students with engaging and vibrant lessons.

So while this teacher gets publicly humiliated for a mistake in the name of a meaningful and exciting lesson, other teachers are hiding behind turgid worksheets that bore their students to death but allow them to keep their reputation blissfully intact:

A Michigan teacher made a poor choice by giving non-alcoholic beer to a class of fifth graders in a history lesson, a school official said.

Superintendent Ed Koledo said the teacher allowed Hyatt Elementary students in Linden to sample O’Doul’s that had been brought to school by a student March 6 to represent ale common in the 1700s. The students were told that many people drank ale at the time because water was sometimes dirty or unhealthy.

“We talked to the teacher and said this was an inappropriate choice,” Koledo said. “There were a lot better choices to represent a colonial-era drink than what was chosen here.”

The students were allowed a small taste but none were forced to try the non-alcoholic beer, school officials said.

Koledo, who didn’t identify the teacher, said allowing non-alcoholic beer into the classroom and allowing students to drink it was a mistake.

Hyatt Principal Vicki Malkaravage sent a letter to parents on Friday informing them of what happened, The Flint Journal reported ( ). The teacher thought O’Doul’s would be OK because the label said it was a non-alcoholic beverage, according to the letter. Three students in the class also took a bottle home, she said.

O’Doul’s is advertised as non-alcoholic beer, but it contains a small amount of alcohol. Liquor Control Commission spokeswoman Andrea Miller says giving O’Doul’s or similar drinks to minors can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor in Michigan.

No one has been charged.


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