History is one of those academic subjects that students don’t usually appreciate.
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Let’s face it – we’ve fallen asleep at least once during history lessons when we were in school. Regardless, it’s an important topic that everyone should know about. You can’t really blame them, but children tend to be indifferent when it comes to events and people of the past. They’d rather keep up with other kids and their latest games and gadgets. Because of this, teaching history inside the classroom is a challenging task. But what if you go outside the usual classroom setup? Wouldn’t they appreciate it more if they actually “experience” history unfold before their very eyes?
Textbooks are usually the go-to literature when it comes to learning history, but how can a bunch of text become exciting? You’re talking about events, so it would only make sense to talk about the action involved. What better way is there to talk about action than telling a story? Encourage your students to learn about history by letting them tell it in their own words through books that they make themselves. If you’re lacking resources, there’s a service online that will help you publish a children’s book for free.
Historical Field Trip
Reading about and seeing pictures of historical places in books are standard when it comes to studying history. But most of these places still exist and are preserved by the government. Take advantage of this fact by going to these venues. Let the students see these places firsthand. Your pupils can also get to see a different side of history since tour guides know a lot of facts that don’t make it to the public. This can reinvigorate their appreciation about places and events that happened in the past as well as how important they are for our society and as a human race.
Stage Play and Film Viewing
There’s no business quite like show business. Reading and talking about history are one thing, and seeing the places up close is another. However, what if you can see what happened by watching a reenactment? You have two wonderful options: either take your students to watch a live stage show or let them watch a historical film. Recent live theater and film adaptations of real-life events include modern twists to them, making them more interesting for the younger generations.
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