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Tips for creating a dynamic lesson plan for history

Date posted : 17 November 2022

As history teachers, we appreciate the significance of the past and revel in events that have shaped the future. For many, it brings great joy to share this rich knowledge in the hopes that it will bridge gaps between “then” and “now.” But the full value of this subject lies in teaching it accurately and effectively. This is why creating dynamic history lesson plans that engage and enlighten students is so important.

Dynamic lesson plans have proven to be an effective way of transferring knowledge. This is because they are extremely student-focused and use approaches that make it easy to grasp new concepts.

Below, we’ll look at 3 ways you can improve teaching methods by creating history lesson plans that will make students more receptive to the subject matter.

1. Meld the past with the present

Often, the past is difficult to understand because there’s nothing physical one can relate to. Luckily for us in our time, we have technology that can take us back in history and allow us to gain a better understanding of the events that occurred. By incorporating videos, history mobile apps, and even simulation games into our lesson plans, we can help students see, hear, and even feel past experiences in a manner they’re familiar with.

According to ShoutOut UK, media and technology motivate interest in a subject, which is necessary when teaching concepts that can seem irrelevant (at first) or are challenging to connect to current-life situations.

2. Make history fun!

Just because history is important, it doesn’t mean that lessons must be kept formal. This is especially applicable to secondary and primary teacher jobs, where students are young and still benefit from learning through fun and games.

From storytelling to history excursions and roleplaying, learning history in a casual and fun manner will help to captivate students so that they are more eager to listen and learn about what you, as their teacher, have to say.

3. Make a personal connection

One way to help students relate to historical events and understand their significance is to provide them with a chance to make a personal connection.

For example, if your lesson is about WWII, you can ask students to write a short essay based on how their families were affected by the war. Encourage them to interview family members so that they can understand how this event shaped the dynamics of how they live (and maybe even where they live).

If your topic is about inventions, you can ask your students to explore how these innovations influence their lives today and what would happen if we didn’t have them.

By encouraging students to understand how history influenced their families and, indirectly, themselves, you personalise the learning approach and give the learners something to relate to.

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