It’s okay. Sam Wineburg says kids can hate your class.

History Tech

Okay. I don’t want kids to hate social studies. Let’s be clear about that from the get go.But . . . I alsothink that we sometimes fall off the wagon on the other end by working way too hard trying to find activities that our kids will enjoy or projects that are “engaging.”

It’s been more than just a few years since I first heard Sam Wineburg speak. I had read his book Thinking Historically and Other Unnatural Acts. Read some of his early articles on historical thinking skills and loved his ideas about how we needed to re-think our approach to teaching history. But it wasn’t until a combined Kansas / Missouri Council for History Education conference way back in 2008 that I first heard him speak. He opened the conference with a keynote highlighting the main ideas in his book.

And now, of course, he’s a future social…

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Author: Lochsloidh - McFarlane

Retired science/biology teacher.

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