Historical inquiry and primary sources

Historical Inquiry: 20+ Creative Ways History Teachers Can use Primary Sources

Historical inquiry helps make history class exciting. History teachers can use primary sources in creative, exciting ways to make history come alive. Many people in history might be dead, but your teaching doesn't have to be. Let's dive in. What is historical inquiry? How can it be used to teach history? How can you use technology, creativity, and exciting projects to teach history? Here's how.

Now that primary sources like newspaper articles, photographs, and books are available online, history teachers have new, creative ways of teaching. Dr. James Beeghley (Jim to his friends) is an expert in historical inquiry and the creative use of primary sources. This will be a show you'll want to email to your history teacher friends. To help you find the resources, I've included the links in the resources section of this post.

Essential Questions: Historical Inquiry

  • What is historical inquiry?
  • 20+ ideas for teaching with primary sources
  • How to use creativity and art with primary sources. (I love the idea of coloring historical photos.)
  • How to help students view history as not a bunch of old “dead guys” or literature.

[callout]A note about Jim: In addition to being a leader in the use of primary sources in historical inquiry, Jim also is an excellent webmaster. In fact, he's MY new webmaster! Jim has sped up my blog and helped me stabilize the blog because of all the traffic! Jim has helped many educators with their blog setup and configuration. I'm glad to call him a friend and the newest member of the Cool Cat Teacher team. Teachers like Jim Beeghley make me a better teacher. –Vicki  [/callout]

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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