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TEACHER TUESDAY: AUSTIN BRUNS

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Austin Bruns has been a part of Worthington Christian’s faculty since 2018. He is an Upper School social studies teacher, currently teaching Advanced Placement U.S. History, three different sections of semester-long U.S. History courses, and Ancient Non-Western History. He is also a family leader in the House of Lux.

How would you describe your teaching style? “My teaching style is very conversational—combining both lecture and discussion. History becomes far more accessible when we are able use anecdotes and rabbit trails to make the drama and narrative of the story of humanity personal to us. By utilizing primary source material we are able to get a view into history as it was in the moment and learn to digest it ourselves. I hope that students will leave my classroom both as better historical thinkers and more critical observers of history unfolding around them.”

What is the most challenging aspect of your work? “I think my biggest challenges thus far have been learning to pace my curriculum correctly and not biting off more than I can chew. Every day is a learning experience for me as well and I love that I can always be getting better and tinker with my lessons to improve each time I teach them.”

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work? “The most rewarding moments are when I get to see growth from students. When a student can see a connection from a different point in history or chooses to research a secondary question about an era just because they’re interested; those are real wins! I love when students learn to see the larger narrative of the story of humanity.”

How do you incorporate faith and learning in your classroom? “The beauty of teaching history is that questions of morality and truth are built into the curriculum. I love that we are able to approach those questions from a place of our understanding of what absolute truth is in the person of Christ. From there we can engage in open discussions about history and faith—about both the successes and failures in our shared story.”

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