Category Archives: Teaching historical facts

Working with facts in a history class

Well, after a long hiatus, I’m back to thinking about how to manage the content side of the perpetual tug of war between “coverage” and skills in history classes. I said in an earlier post that, while I am not a … Continue reading

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Everything in the Book

I just took the written test to convert my long-held Maine driver’s license into a California one. It was not a terribly hard test in the grand scheme of tests I have taken over time, but it was a hard … Continue reading

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Principles for teaching facts

I’ve been thinking a lot about the role–multiple roles really–that The Facts play in my history class, and I’ve evolved some principles for myself that I hope will make the myriad ad hoc decisions I make in the course of … Continue reading

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Why Do We Need to Know?

The vast majority of clashes between history teachers seem to me to go back to the question of “What do students need to know?”  There is broad general agreement on the skills students should acquire–critical reading, analysis of primary sources, … Continue reading

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Thinking about knowing

I find myself in a teaching situation this year that requires me to emphasize factual recall more than I have done for the past few years. This is forcing me to engage in some serious introspection about what I do, … Continue reading

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Getting the Facts out of the Way

As a history teacher, I have a stormy relationship with “the facts.” I deeply believe that my goal as a teacher is not to move a certain quantity of information from my head to the students’ heads but to help … Continue reading

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