Attention teachers of Picker Nation: One of your very own, has created a way to use rusty gold as an extra credit opportunity. Send your teacher appreciation fruit baskets to Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, care of History teacher, Brian Strawser, at Juniata High School.
Brian has been an A.P. U.S. and 20th Century U.S. History teacher for more than 20 years now and like most teachers, he was leery to offer extra credit fearing it was too easy and wouldn’t make the students work as hard. “I wanted to create a way for my students to fall in love with the subject and appreciate it for its role in the world, but was stumped on how I would do that,” says Brian.
A few years ago while watching American Pickers, Brian observed how enthusiastic Mike was as he unearthed historic picks and retold their stories to the world. It was right then that Brian had the “ah ha” moment to mimic that same treasure hunt in his classroom. And just like that, the idea for “Antique Day” was risen out of ground like a roached car grill on mega-pick.
How it Works
-Every Friday, students looking to earn some extra credit points, are invited to bring an unique antique.
-Students take turns showing their picks.
-Everyone jots down their best, educated guess as to what the item is/was used for.
-If the student successfully stumps their classmates, they’re awarded with 10 points.
-If a single student guesses correctly, they’ll earn 5 of the 10 points.
-If multiple students guess correctly? A tiebreaker is created.
Left: Brian Strawser and his classroom’s collection of picks. Right: Brenna shows here classmates an antique elephant cigarette dispenser.
“Antique Day has been a great way for my students to interact beyond the classroom with their grandparents or any person from a previous generation,” says Brian. “American Pickers is an important tool to tie the past to the present and I am excited to be able to encourage that same attitude within my students.”
What do you think about Brian’s extra credit through rusty gold? Whose classroom is next to try Antique Day? Pin and share with your other teacher friends who are looking for some extra credit classroom options!
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