Adding a meme creation task increases student engagement and can make something as boring as a rules lecture a little more fun.
I am a member of a blogging community, #sunchatbloggers, that supports each other in a shared blogging adventure through ideas, encouragement, and comments. We decided to write about a central topic this month, a top five list of best practices. Because we all come from such varied teaching backgrounds the lists range from tech tools, increasing student talk, building rapport, etc. I don't often write about what goes on in my History class, and tend to focus on the language arts side of teaching when it comes to my blog posts, so I decided to dedicate my top five list to all of the History teachers out there. Not only am I sharing my ideas for making History awesome, but there are at least five lessons in this post that you can add to your drive to spice up your History curriculum.
Top 5 Strategies for Whipping up Engagement in History Class
1. Create Ambiance with a Field Trip and Some Mood Music
2. Mix in Some Modern Media
3. Add Pinch of Play
4. A Dash of Mystery
5. Blend with Costumes
Serve up some delicious lessons that make History stick to the roof of their mouths like wonder bread.
I am a lover of Twitter and an admirer of the sharing of ideas that occurs on a daily basis there. Social media in all of its forms can be a powerful tool when used properly. I often find myself shaking my head when I see the posts from my students in my Instagram feed though: like for a TBH, I look ugly today, I'm bored, selfie, and lots of musical.ly lipsyncing. The ridiculous internet challenges are the worst...cinnamon challenge, condom challenge, duct tape challenge-ugh. I want to like their posts, but It's hard to find one that is all that likable. I decided that I wanted to show them how social media can be used for good. This is also a story about how my ideas evolve into hyperdocs.
Traveling the Silk Roads: Notes on How This Lesson “Played Out” in my 6th Grade Class
I am a lifelong learner and have had the privilege of also being called a teacher for eighteen years.
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