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Six Keys to Turning Kids on to History

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Six Keys to Turning Kids on to History

I’m just back from my second teaching visit to the International School of Dusseldorf. It is, without question, my favorite school visit of the year. Not only do I get to share my passion for turning kids on to history with a truly talented and dedicated teaching team, I also get to work with amazing young minds in a world-class learning environment.

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing light bulbs going on before your very eyes. And this happens on a regular basis at ISD!

You can read about my mandate with Grade 7 here. I also worked with Grade 6 students to give them a taste of what’s to come next year when they, too, will be asked to mash historical research up with digital storytelling to create interactive historical narratives of their own invention.

I am proud and honored to be part of such a 21st century interdisciplinary educational program. And I enjoyed enlisting my ISD colleagues in our search these past eight months for the keys to unlocking history for kids.

Here's what we came up with...

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Turning Kids On To Turning History On!

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Turning Kids On To Turning History On!

Next week I’m heading to the International School of Dusseldorf for a second year. It’s a dream job. The ISD humanities teachers and I will be turning students on to how to Turn History On.

We will guide young minds in combining factual research and creative writing to produce tales of historical fiction.

And if that weren’t already excellence enough, we will then direct students in how to publish their masterpieces as interactive digital books!

Research + Storytelling + Technology = TURNING HISTORY ON

I told you it’s a dream job!

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