More than Names and Dates: Transforming the History Classroom into Historian Bootcamp


November 13, 2015 7:30 am - 8:30 am

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Matt Shomaker

Too often, history class is reduced to the memorization and regurgitation of names and dates. However, historians in the real world do much more than that. In this presentation I will explain, with examples, how I took my training in historical study and applied it to my classroom. Students learn how to actually “do” history using the same methods historians use in the real world (comparing and contrasting and analyzing sources, checking for corroboration, presenting discoveries orally and digitally, debating controversial events, etc.). I will share sample lessons and resources that have made my students more receptive to “old, dead dudes” and made my classes more interdisciplinary, purpose-based, and fun! (6-12)