In David Hibbard’s AP US History class, students don’t always take notes directly from the teacher. In the case of his 2nd period class recently, students jotted down information from a lecture delivered by James Glen -- the governor South Carolina from 1743 until 1756.
In actuality, it was MCHS junior Travis Wiser dressed as Glen as part of his presentation on colonial South Carolina covering the state’s political history, economy, and important historical figures.
Donning a sports coat, knickers, and a faux powdered wig, Wiser went through a slideshow of information at the front of the room as the rest of class recorded information on a handout.
Although students are not required to dress as a historical figure during their presentations, Hibbard notes that he’s had several in the past who have jumped at the opportunity.
“It shows ingenuity and creativity,” Hibbard said. “It gives something extra to class.”
Wiser admits that part of the motivation to dress the part was the allure of some extra credit (“How much do I get for this?” he asked Hibbard as he left class). And as he passes in the hallway later that day still in his colonial attire, Hibbard notes, “I give them a little more if they stay dressed that way all day.”
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