Learning Through Visual Resources - History Coming to Life!
Help me give my students the visual learning resources to help them have a better understanding of how history builds who we are as a society today, and how past mistakes can be repeated without historical awareness.
I love how resilient my students are. They take challenges, face them at a full sprint, and manage to find the humor in the results - good or bad. Many have an enthusiasm that can be challenging to focus, but I prefer spirit to apathy in a classroom any day. Being that we are a rural school with small classes, many of my students have developed sibling-like relationships which can cause silly fights but underneath it all close bonds. Put all that together, and it is an unusual and colorful mix!
We are a smaller, rural school.
Our middle school and high school are combined into one building with six classrooms, a computer lab, and a SPED room. While we feel lucky to have a computer lab, but the four main-content area teachers find themselves competing to use it - English, math, and science for the standardized and/or placement testing and social studies (me) for research opportunities. In this global age of technology, learning needs more than just textbooks - and not just because they get outdated. Many of our students are visual and/or auditory learners, and I feel that is where our learning opportunities & resources are lacking.
Ken Burns is a brilliant director and creator of historical documentaries. He brings drama to facts, and points out how history effects us as a society as well as individually. To better understand why we are as we are, we have to have knowledge about the past. I hope to bring Ken Burns's fantastic historical work into the classroom to help my students visualize the historical events we talk about, bringing history to life!
Many of my students need to see, hear, and discuss historical people and events to fully understand what happened, why, and what that could/did mean in the future.
These videos will help my students to do that - see what we have learned played out in front of them and provoke discussion they would not have otherwise had. Thank you so much for your consideration!
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