I subbed today for an eighth grade history teacher.
I "had" to give lecture-ish notes on the Reconstruction. I loved it. Classes are so much easier when I know what I'm talking about and I don't have to try and figure out stuff on the spot. It would have been even smoother if I'd known that was the topic ahead of time, so I could have prepped. Lucky for me I recently saw the America: The Story of Us episode on the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Once again, though, when I tell the kids, "hey, you're in luck. This is what my degree is in" all I get in return are groans.