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The paper asserts that making history come alive to elementary school students is of particular importance. The paper focuses on the creative teaching approach of a fifth grade teacher, Martha Andrews, and describes how it draws upon multiple learning styles and needs and is perfectly tailored to the classroom dynamic. The paper also shows how history can be used to teach students about evaluating bias, slanted language and rhetoric. The paper concludes with the belief that a good teacher must constantly engage in an inventory of their teaching methods.
From the Paper:"In particular for elementary school students, making history come alive to students is part of the core of the curriculum. History teachers must make an effort to realize best practices in education, defined in terms of student engagement and understanding of the discipline at the highest level of which the students are capable, although history must still be rendered as a discipline in concrete and developmentally-appropriate ways. For example, one fifth grade teacher named Martha Andrews who was educating her students about the Revolutionary War began with learning activities about colonial 'daily life' and role-playing activities so the debates of the period would seem meaningful to the students (Teaching historical context before and during role-playing activities., 2009, NCREST)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bain, R. B. (2006). Rounding up unusual suspects: Facing the authority hidden in the history classroom. Teachers College Record. 108(10): 2080-2114. Excerpt at NCREST website available February 10, 2009 at http://teachinghistory.org/best-practices/teaching-textbooks/20571
- Hartzler-Miller, Cindy. (2001). Making sense of the 'best practice' in teaching history.Theory and Research in Social Education. 29.4: 672-695. Excerpt available on American History Education website February 10, 2009 at http://cehs.unl.edu/ushistory/research/hartzler.html
- Hoge, John. (1988, March). Teaching history in the elementary school. ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education. Retrieved February 10, 2009 at http://www.ericdigests.org/pre-928/history.htm
- Teaching historical context before and during role-playing activities. (2009).The National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST). Retrieved February 10,2009 at http://teachinghistory.org/best-practices/examples-teaching/14947
- Multiple means of assessment. (2009). The National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST) Retrieved February 10, 2009 at http://www.tc.edu/ncrest/teachers/andrews/assessment.htm
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Teaching Elementary School History (2010, December 26) Retrieved February 07, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/teaching-elementary-school-history-146412/
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