When I talk to teachers, it’s clear that one thing has not changed since I left the classroom: teachers are always looking for ideas to increase learning opportunities. Even better if those ideas are quick and easy to implement!
Kate DiCamillo, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, chose the theme Stories Connect Us and it resonated with me. So did Rebecca Newland’s post on using DiCamillo’s stories and primary sources to help draw students deeper into the story.
I love this blog post about Muybridge’s stop-action photography because it’s about technology, art, science….and the magic of in-between images. As the author writes: What can your students learn from the images that is not observable from the live action?
Lately, a few of my colleagues and I have been thinking about teaching with fine arts-related primary sources, as we prepare a TPS Journal issue focused on this topic.
One of the best parts of my job is hearing back from teachers after they implement what they learned in a workshop or Summer Teacher Institute. The flexibility and value of the primary source analysis tool comes up frequently, and I like this post because it “rounds up” a series of posts suggesting ways to use the tool.
Part of the power of teaching with primary sources comes from their immediacy—eyewitness accounts of historic events can have an emotional impact that secondary sources might lack. This is especially true of primary sources relating to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
I hope that this blog post prompted readers to consider how recently-created primary sources reflect our current biases and prejudices.
There’s nothing like primary sources to make you question your prior knowledge, and this blog post has several that surprise, spark interest, and make you want to learn more. Along with the suggested teaching activities, which are useful across most grade levels, these primary sources can help your students explore a famous historical event from several different perspectives including that of George Washington himself.
National Deaf History Month, March 13 to April 15, celebrates deaf history and promotes awareness of American deaf culture. Library of Congress primary sources provide interesting glimpses into this rich cultural heritage for your students to explore.
As my colleagues know one of my favorite things is to show how primary sources can be used to help teach science or math.