Wednesday Video – Digging into History: Teaching Students to Think Like Historians

Effectively engaging students in the study and interpretation of history is a pressing issue for today’s educators. How can we make history interesting and relevant for younger students while maintaining historical integrity and accuracy?

The clip below outlines the Reading Like a Historian Project, an initiative implemented across various San Francisco high schools by Stanford University. Dr. Sam Wineburg, an education and history professor at Stanford, explains the need to break the stranglehold of the textbook by introducing students to primary documents and multiple perspectives, thus creating an engaging atmosphere in which history can be properly analyzed and appreciated.

This active and reflective approach to history characterizes the 2012 Cleghorn Battlefield Tour for Highschool History Teachers, whereby teachers will use their experiences on the tour to improve the transmission of history in their classrooms.

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