Bringing History Home focuses on how to make the teaching of high school history both an intellectual challenge and an experiential adventure. The book focuses on mobilizing pedagogy and curriculum through a variety of activities and resources–music, poetry, field trips, simulations, crafts, current news and civics–to deepen students’ involvement with the subject matter. History classes should be memorable. Bringing History Home provides support and inspiration to education majors, newly minted teachers, and seasoned professionals.
As a master teacher, Schechter provides examples from his many decades of remarkable teaching and curriculum creation, based on his own interdisciplinary, constructivist and active learning approach. This is a wonderful and stimulating book, replete with rich examples from the author’s pedagogy that will help teachers – newer and experienced – to, as Schechter says, “find a style that fits them and utilizes their strengths to the best advantage.” His reflections on the nature of his discipline and the possibilities of “Doing History”; on "the normal vicissitudes of a teacher’s life”; and on "finding a way of being in the classroom” are particularly valuable. The most stimulating book on teaching today’s students I have read. It made me want to get into a social studies classroom and get to it!
Prologue / It was only the first day of school
Chapter 1: Beginnings / What helps make a history class compelling?
Chapter 2: Let There Be Music / Singing our way through trials and tribulations
Chapter 3: Theater in the Square / The power of make-believe in the classroom
Chapter 4: Field Trips on My Mind / Taking it on the road
Chapter 5: History Begins at Home / Is it knocking on your door?
Interlude / A Morning Request
Chapter 6: Taking History into the Hallways / Seed-time of an epiphany
Chapter 7: Joining Hands to Minds / Building a cabin for a courtyard
Chapter 8: Awakening the Muse / “Here once the embattled farmers stood…’
Chapter 9: Rummaging Through the Attic Trunk / – A few other odds & ends
Chapter 10: Getting Caught in History’s Web / Students, your family’s saga is before you
Chapter 11: History in the Headlines / Why newspapers are a teacher’s best friend
Chapter 12: Welcome to the Classroom World / Please take a seat
Chapter 13: Bias Buzzing Around My Head/ The ‘no-see-ums’ of the history class
Chapter 14: Charting A Course/ One way to develop history units
Chapter 15: Not Just Civics Class, But A Civic Life/ Democracy makes its demands
Epilogue/ Actually, there is no ending
Coda/ To Be A Teacher
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