As hard as it may be for many of us to understand and speak in the "language" of our students, it would be great to try. Ask your students what an Epic Fail is and they can probably tell you. If you are in touch with social media, then you probably know what Epic Fail means. I came across this interesting take on Epic Fails in Literature from Schmoop, which is a great site that offers study guides and teacher resources for English, Social Studies Classes. They have some great resources for your classroom, so I suggest checking it out if the idea of the Epic Fail lesson scares you....
So, how could you incorporate this Epic Fail terminology in the high school Social Studies classroom? Just think about it for a second. Let's look at JUST World War II. The allies failure to believe the words of Hitler in his book Mein Kempf helped lead to WWII - An Epic Fail. Hitler's concentration on the Jews kept valuable resources from fighting actual battles - Epic Fail. The United States failure to pay attention to Japan - Epic Fail. Do you get where I am going?
What about Science? Well, you could Start with the Geocentric and Heliocentric models of the universe - Epic Fail. You could look at Newton's Laws because many of them happened because of an Epic Fail in understanding, that actually led to an Epic Win (which Epic Wins could be a whole other lesson).
We have to start trying to teach in the language our students use. I hear students all the time say Epic Fail in relation to something. Why not have them say it in relation to something we teach?
What do you think? Have any ideas for Math?