Lujano teaches AP World History with coach-like toughness

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Lujano teaches AP World History with coach-like toughness

Maleiah Ewert, staff writer

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The AP World History class is described as challenging among the student body.  Instructor John Lujano said he teaches like he coaches.

Lujano was once approached by a colleague saying why don’t you teach the way you coach and the whole game changed from there.  Lujano took his colleague’s word and did a huge change in his teaching. “I challenge my kids. I make the class challenging. If they can get through my class there is no doubt in my mind that they will be able to pass high school with a breeze and even college for that matter.”

He sets the bar high so the students will be ready for anything. The kids taking the class have the same point of view. Sam Boese a sophomore at MHS said, “The class can be hard, but you learn so much and you’re very prepared, plus we get to do some fun things along the way like the trade game.”

Mr.Lujano’s AP World History class did a trading simulation game Jan. 14-15. Lujano started the game to help the kids have fun while retaining the knowledge about the trading networks in the Indian ocean.  The game included sophomores in Lujano’s AP World History classes and some volunteer seniors from previous classes. Aubree Martins, sophomore at McPherson High School said, “We get put in partners of two and assigned a country. Each country starts out with different supplies that you then have to find materials to represent them.  The game makes the learning part enjoyable and it’s not too hard.”

Lujano’s unique way of teaching landed him the recognition of teacher of the year nominee from MHS staff.

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