If you've wondered what "doing history" might look like in the middle elementary grades, wonder no more. BHH is now providing video examples of both individual students and entire classrooms exploring historic evidence and accounts.
Throughout six weeks in the spring of 2009, Bringing History Home lead mentor Kim Heckart filmed her Iowa third grade class studying Industrialization. This video archive offers an unprecedented and rich resource for teachers and researchers in history education. Teaching strategies, students' historical thinking, examples of history heuristics and sociocultural tools identified in education scholarship...Kim's classroom footage includes vivid examples of many dimensions of history teaching and learning.
As we begin a new year, BHH students, teachers and staff are excited to share excerpts of this footage via the National History Education Clearinghouse website and the BHH Youtube channel. Various video clips are already available for view on these venues. During the coming months, BHH director Elise Fillpot will also be posting brief essays to highlight the examples of history teaching and learning that are illustrated in the excerpts.
As always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts about, responses to and experiences with BHH resources. And we extend a huge THANK YOU to those who created these BHH video resources...in this case, Jonathan Burian, our brilliant videographer and Youtube channel manager; and Kim Heckart, whose excellence and commitment to students and history learning are ever inspiring.