Teaching Tips Using an Impromptu Speech Jar

June 13, 2017

Hey teachers everywhere! Mr. Hauger here with a great idea for classroom interactions with your students. Print and cut a list of your favorite journal or speech prompts and put them into a glass jar, or any container you have in the room. Choose a student at random, or take volunteers and have them draw a topic and speak for one minute. If the class appreciates the speech, they snap, and if the majority of students snap, the speaker has been successful. You can modify this public speech activity in many ways, but its a winner in my classroom, and I thought you might appreciate the idea!


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54 The History of Memorial Day and Decoration Day in the United States Hauger History Podcast

May 27, 2017

Memorial Day started as Decoration Day in the United States, with National observance beginning three years following the end of the Civil War. In this brief edition of the Hauger History Podcast, join me as we analyze the significance of Memorial Day, and the national moment of silence at 3:00 PM local time on Memorial Day. Thank you for listening and please subsrcibe!

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53 Legacy of Ancient Greece with 6th Grade Test Review Questions

May 20, 2017

53 Legacy of Ancient Greece with 6th Grade Test Review Questions (First 10 here on the podcast) Watch our Hauger History Podcasts on YouTube!

Legacy of Ancient Greece Final Mr. Hauger Name:_____________________

Score” _____ /

  1. The ___________________ War was the beginning of the decline of Ancient Greece.

    1. Peloponnesian b. Anglican c. Spartan d. Trojan
  2. A _____________ is a story that symbolizes morality for life in Ancient Greece.  
  1. Haiku b. Soliloquy c. Myth d. Sonnet
  1. This word translates to “high city” in English ___________________________.
  2. The highest ranking of the Ancient greek gods was _____________________.
  3. The polis that we think of as the birthplace of Democracy was _____________.
  4. Why was access to the sea beneficial to Athens (2 reasons)? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  5. Sparta/Athens was the better polis for women to live in.
  6. Sparta/Athens was the better polis to live in if you were physically weak.
  7. Sparta/Athens was the better polis for warriors to reside in.
  8. What are two aspects of literature or language that we credit to the ancient Greeks? ___________________________________________________________________

Ep 50 The Battle of Puebla and History of Cinco De Mayo

May 5, 2017

The History of Cinco De Mayo is celebrated in this 50th episode of the Hauger History Podcast! This is an exciting day to be of mixed heritage, and I celibrate it with everyone and also enjoy a chance to celebrate diversity and world culture. In 2 minutes I give a very brief history of the Battle of Puebla and the celebration of Cinco De Mayo! Thanks for listening. 


46 How to Win Debate 5 Keys to Excellent Argumentation

April 26, 2017

Mr. Hauger’s Five Keys to Winning Debate


You LOSE if

You WIN if

  1. You don’t listen
  2. You get angry
  3. You get ugly
  4. You get off track
  5. You’re unorganized
  1. You listen AND cite faults
  2. You keep your cool
  3. You stay respectful
  4. You stay focused
  5. You sign-post


Move from left (losing) to right (winning) by following the 5 keys! (Copyright Danny Hauger 2017)

  1. Listening critically (not just waiting to speak) will give you fuel to respond effectively.
  2. Staying composed displays your logical strength better than the volume of your voice.
  3. Respectful people are viewed favorably by judges and the audience. Stay cool!
  4. When you’re focused, you won’t be distracted by shiny distractions. Stay on topic.
  5. Point out and order the opposition’s arguments, then take them down point by point.

43 Playing Password as a Classroom Game to Learn Vocabulary

April 18, 2017

I love using games to help learn or develop a fun atmosphere in the classroom. I believe that teachers (including myself) should always be striving to make the classroom more dynamic and playing games like password liven up the classroom and still require students to think and participate critically which can help in learning vocabulary or just enjoying a moment with other students collaborating.

The rules I play with are:
1. Students may only give one-word clues.
2. No names
3. No gestures.

You can make your own rules as well! Leave a comment with questions or suggestions on how your classroom games enhance your learning environment!

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32 Five Steps Towards Making an Elevator Pitch Speech with Great Content

January 30, 2017

Elevator pitches should be less than one minute, and layout your best and brightest points. Follow these five steps for effective speakers and find yourself impressing more people at work, school, or in everyday life.

STEP 1: Write down everything on your mind that you want to discuss (Brainstorming key notes)
STEP 2: Cut out the filler. Make short and powerful sentences. Eliminate unnecessary words.
STEP 3: Connect the phrases to each other. Your elevator address has to flow naturally and smoothly. Don't rush.
STEP 4: Memorize key points and practice.
STEP 5: Have you really answered the key question of your listener: What's In It For Me? If not, revise!

I couple these tips with an assignment I call radio roundup, where students select a historical person or vocabulary word to research and write a one minute speech. We record them using the free program audacity and the students enjoy practicing and improving their vocal presentation skills. We focus on writing and delivering great content in an engaging way. These five speaking tips will help your content standout in a short speech.

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Ep. 15 Peaceful Transition of Power

October 22, 2016
Ep. #15: President George H.W. Bush's classic and classy note to President Bill Clinton has re-surfaced this week and is giving millions of Americans a great example of how to gracefully accept and welcome someone new into office. It was enough reason to sit down with my class and talk about how important it is to win or lose gracefully, whether its in class, sports, games, or elected office. Whichever party enters, we should remember to be united as one nation, and even more, one human race. I am pleased that my students this year have demonstrated a clear understanding of how to have a respectful, open-minded conversation, and think for themselves, with a basis in reason, fact, and enlightened opinion.
Have a great week everyone!
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Introducing the Hauger History Class Podcast

August 11, 2016

Mr. Hauger introduces the History Class Podcasts. The first and only podcast for students, by students! Students will develop speaking, writing, and broadcast presentation skills, making great content that is informational and fun. Content will range from 6th grade (early hominids), 7th grade (fall of the Roman Empire), and 8th grade (founding of the colonies). Follow us on Twitter @HistoryClassPod

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