Lufkin teacher uses personal experience to teach students about 9/11

Lufkin teacher uses personal experience to teach students about 9/11

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Students at Lufkin Middle School got a special history lesson on Thursday, when they learned about the tragic event of September 11, 2001.

Many people can remember exactly where they were when the attacks happened, but many of the students in Mrs. Butlers 6th grade class don't because many weren't even born yet. That's why Mrs. Butler said it's a hard subject to teach.

"This is the first year that I have ever taught a group that has not been alive when it happened, so to have them understand the severity and the depth of what happened to our country on that day is getting more challenging," said Becky Butler. a sixth grade history teacher.

Butler said the easiest way for her to teach the subject is to teach it from personal experience.

"I take what the textbook gives, us and I put my own twist on it. I went there three months before, and I was there 6 months after, so I have a lot of personal information to add to what the text books gives us," Butler said.

Butler also made it easier for the students to understand the material by relating it to things the students would more easily understand, like comparing the number of people in Lufkin to the number of people that could fit into the World Trade Centers towers.

She also had the students count to 12 to show them the amount of time it took for both towers to fall after they had been hit.

She even broke the whole event up using a bubble diagram, so the students could better understand why the event happened. Her lessons seem to have caught her students' attention.

"I kind of feel sad for all the people that lost their lives and especially for the children that lost their moms and dads," said sixth grade student Luis Ibarra.

"A lot of people saved people's lives for them ... risked their lives for people," said sixth grade student Nathalia Segura.

Butler said she teaches about 9/11 year round and not just on the anniversary. She also encourages her students to talk to their parents about 9/11.

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