It's no coincidence that Lincoln Gravatt's classroom at Booker T. Washington (BTW) Magnet school feels like a history museum. He takes steps to create an environment where kids will gain exceptional knowledge of the past. Gravatt says, "there's all kinds of artifacts that I'll bring in. Anytime I get an opportunity to where one of the old uniforms or historical periods I bring that into the classroom. And a lot of time I get the students dressed up as well."
Grasping world problems, like unrest in Liberia and searching for solutions are activities for the Model United Nations club he sponsors. The club requires lots of research but offers rewards. BTW principal Dan Aude says, "he took a group of students to see Mikhail Gorbachev when he was at Auburn University. So for Mr. Gravatt education is not only in the classroom, but it's outside of the classroom as well."
To underwrite their travel expenses to national conferences, United Nations club members run the school store. "It gives them a business aspect and it gives them a little bit more responsibility as to how to handle money, supplies, assigning prices, making profit," Gravatt says.
He also sponsors the BTW debate team and coordinates a technology system that allows BTW teachers to have their homework and classroom handouts on line.