September 15 2012

Keeping It Real
 
One of the constant struggles that teachers face is how to make what they are teaching relevant and interesting to their students. Not only do the students in the class have a somewhat fractured attention span, but in most cases they will be oblivious to the material.
 
To make the material you are sharing relevant, use history to give a subject an up-to-date spin. Try the following:
 
Locate maps, photos of trinkets, symbols—anything that would communicate a sense of the historical significance of the subject matter.
 
Consider inviting someone knowledgeable on the history of the subject to make a brief presentation to your class.
 
Plan ahead. Give your students an Internet research assignment to find and report an interesting or unknown fact about the subject.
 
Ironically, by showing the history of a thing you pique the interest of your young learners who have very little knowledge of history.