My first year in the classroom history was the subject that didn’t get done. I couldn’t find a way around it. As a self-contained teacher, I tried to fit it all in, but I didn’t have the organizational skills, the time management, or the know how to make it work.
There were WEEKS I did not manage to get to history. I mean, when you are being held accountable for three of the five subjects you teach we all know where our focus would be. This doesn’t make it right–but it is the truth.
As the years went on history became more and more of a focus within our classroom, because I enjoyed it more and my students LOVED it! Through a few easy to follow routines we were able to take our history block from total blah to an epic experience for all!
Give Context to History Through Literature
Make It Interactive (Notebooks)
Mix It Up!
In the end, no matter how you choose to spice up your history block to make it engaging for your students remember it has to work for them! History is worth the time it takes to teach, it might not be convenient,–but it is the truth.
- Use literature to frame historical periods to allow students to establish context
- Use primary resources whenever possible
- Interactive notebooks are a GREAT way to organize student learning
- Try new teaching and learning strategies to keep the classroom fresh and novel
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