Montana teacher brings history to life

Posted at 10:38 PM, Mar 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-07 22:53:15-04

Teachers who have trouble getting their kids to pay attention in class might want to listen up.

A teacher from Montana is captivating his students by bringing his subject to life.

In Dan Johnson's history room.

Pushed to the side are the regular desks and fluorescent lights are replaced by a single bulb. Mr. Johnson has never been a big believer in spouting facts and figures.

His teaching method is experiences.

Today it's the great depression.

In coming weeks students will arrive to find their teacher dressed like a WWII drill sergeant and a Woodstock hippie.

Few of these students even have grandparents who can share depression era memories. Mr. Johnson does that for them.

After 32 years of teaching here, Mr. Johnson will retire the end of this year.

At Cambridge high school history will treat him kindly.