Andrew J. Barczak
- Northern Kentucky University, Bachelor of Arts, Social Studies
- Northern Kentucky University, Master of Arts, Secondary Education
- Xavier University, Administrative Certification
Important skills I want to teach my students
I want students to be curious. I want them to understand people, events, and time periods from the past that help determine the society/culture they live in. Knowing the foundation will help students to grow and build in their knowledge of why things are what they are. I want students to know history is constantly evolving and growing over time.
Teaching methods to reach these goals
Teaching in and leading multiple schools have allowed me to see first hand what good, quality teaching is. Time and time again, I find working with original documents, inquiry and discussion to produce fruitful learning and training of the mind. Both small and large group discussions allow for more integration of knowledge into the learning process. Collaboration with other departments is essential in connecting information together. The hunger to want to know grows as well.
My favorite projects
Students take on historical figures and research them tapping into their interests. Using costumes, props, and character presentations, students bring their figures to life in a "wax museum" showcase for the whole school to experience.
Why I love teaching
I love seeing the “ah ha” moment -- when it all clicks and makes sense to them. I love seeing that my passion for history rubs off on them and see it as vital to their growth as individuals. They come to know themselves as learning, young adults. When they can see how history plays a part in their life, then I know I have inspired real, significant growth within each of them!