When it comes to teaching history, may I delve into your own school experi- ence and ask, “Did you
love history? Did you stand outside the
door of history class, eagerly anticipating the moment you could enter the
room, sit down, and listen, enthralled
as your teacher brought a whole era to
life?” If not, what was your experience?
Did you dread the approaching hour of
history class, when all of your energy
would be given to trying to stay awake?
The class where the droning recitation
of dull facts and boring people with long
names were required memorization
for the next test? Did you ever ask the
teacher why all of these names, dates,
and places were necessary?
If either of these sounds familiar, you
may be asking yourself, “How on earth
do I teach this subject so my kids will
love it—or, at the very least, learn it?”
And the point of this article is to assure
you that there are ways to approach history that bring it to life, that make it a
fascinating, can’t-wait-to-get-to subject!
Are you ready? Okay, let’s dive in.
When it comes to teaching history so
your students love it while they learn it,
one of the best motivators in your educator’s toolbox is the power of stories.
To understand this, let’s consider these
two related scenarios.
A teacher tells you, “Marco Polo was
one of the first Europeans to travel
across Asia, and he wrote about his
by Diana Waring
How to Love
It While You
There are ways to approach
history that bring it to life,
that make it a fascinating,