Five Secrets to Make Teaching History Fun

this post answers the following questions
1. How can dressing up in characters can help history teaching be more fun?
2. How a class field trip can help history teaching be more fun?
3. Is playing games can help history teaching be more fun?
4. Is being virtual can also help history teaching be more fun?
5. Is playing media which presents historical events can help history teaching be more fun?

History, because it often involves memorizing dates and other facts which happened to people who had died long ago can be one of the most boring school subjects there is; or at least that is what most students would think. However, teaching history does not always have to be dry. Depending on whose teaching, a history class could be a whimsical (yet educational) trip to the past or a chance to understand past events which influenced our society today. If you are looking for ways to make teaching history fun, then you have come to the right place.

There is actually no limit to the ways by which you can be creative in a history class. The goal is to make the students curious about what exactly happened, when it happened, and how. It doesn’t matter if you are teaching Western Civilization or Egyptian History, or what-have-you. What is more important is that you take the time to discover what will tickle the class’ interest, and then use this information to come up with challenging lessons. Here are five ways to do that:

  1. Dress up like the characters. Sure, it has been done so many times before and middle school students tend to think it cheesy but you see, the younger students are bound to get a kick out of playing dress up. Tell them to pick out a character from a certain period and assemble a costume. On a given day, dressed in the costume, they will present a report sharing interesting facts about the person they have chosen.
  2. Go back in time. Plan a class field trip to a medieval-themed village so that the students could see for themselves how the people spoke, dressed, and conducted themselves in general. Museums are also a treasure trove of artifacts, as are wax figure exhibitions of historical figures.
  3. Play games. Trivia matches and quiz shows will bring out the competitiveness in a good way. For more advanced students, you can even assign them to write the questions that they will get to ask the opposing teams.
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  5. Go virtual. There are quite a lot of educational games and programs which teach historical facts in a game format. Just make sure that you pick on which has been well-researched.
  6. Branch out from the dull textbooks. Explore other media which present historical events in a more interesting way, like documentaries, movies, or even comic books. As long as the students are engrossed, they are learning.

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