Teaching history to our students has numerous benefits, such as helping them understand the world, society, and the process of change over time. The effects of teaching history are less immediate yet long-term.
However, students fail to understand the importance of studying history and find it boring and a waste of time. As a history teacher, you have to reassure the importance of history to your students with innovative ways of teaching.
Here are some accessible ways to teach history to young students.
As the world becomes more advanced digitally, information and knowledge have become more accessible. In a modern classroom, you need to employ digital technology to liven up the students. Lengthy lectures and tedious textbook chapters about people and dates make history boring and difficult to relate to.
Digital learning resources such as videos and presentations help students visualize an environment different from their own. In addition, digital media learning can be more engaging and interactive by allowing students to research and create digital historical timelines. It will trigger them to use free online resources and tools to make graphical representations of events.
Social media is also a vital resource that you can use as a history teacher. With the platforms being accessible, you can get information from social media accounts dedicated to historical events and people.
Picture books come in handy when tackling hard-to-reach topics. They contain various historical biographies in texts that students can read aloud during history lessons. Picture books are interactive, promote literacy and broaden the students’ perspective of a world different from theirs.
With a picture book, you can trigger high-level critical thinking in your students. They can recognize changes over time, identify cause and effect relationships, draw conclusions and make inferences on various events.
Some of the picture books that suit the topic of cause and effect are the 9/11 picture books. These picture books help teach one of America’s most significant history, 9/11, in a way that young students can understand.
Lecturing historical events and chapters to young students makes history more boring and demotivating. However, you can make your history classroom more interactive by using games and gamification of historical events.
It involves asking students to play some games of dates and calendars that help them visualize the significant events that happened. Games enhance the learning experience since the students can engage more with the content in an enjoyable manner.
In addition, the addiction induced by the winning quest of games helps in the retention of knowledge. When your student plays the games and wins, the brain releases dopamine which induces the feeling of satisfaction and happiness. With this, your history class will always be lively as ever.
History can be dull without the support of observable facts. Taking your students out of the classroom to historical sites can give them a different learning experience. However, you will not be able to take them out every week, which prompts you to try as much as possible to take them for field trips as often as you can.
Field trips give your students access to tools and environments not available at school and provide them with real-world experiences. From these interactions with these environments and experiences, they can connect the classroom and what is in the real world. Almost every locality has its historical sites.
Take the initiative of taking your student there to give them a multisensory learning experience of history.
Nothing beats the feeling of touching and interacting with historical items. Archaeologists have dedicated their energies over the years to bringing history to life by excavating artifacts.
Interaction with artifacts gives your students room to use their senses to solidify their understanding of the historical items and events. Artifacts enhance learning through comparison and relating objects to each other.
This will trigger some critical learning questions, such as what was it used for? What is it made of? Who made it? Did it require special skills and tools to make it? Getting answers to these questions will help your students gain a deeper understanding of history. From the visual and touching experience, the learning outcomes will be engraved in their minds forever.
Our new generations can understand what life was like in the past and connect the timelines to the modern world with history. History covers essential topics such as governance, cultures, and ideologies, which build a foundation for today’s world’s civilization. In contrast, students find the learning of history boring and unnecessary. These accessible ways of teaching history will help make your class interactive and have a successful history teaching experience.