Diana Laufenberg on Teaching History Thematically | Teachinghistory.org | Literacy for Social Studies | Scoop.it

By Diana Laufenberg



"After a number of years of teaching history chronologically, I made the curricular decision to shift to a thematic approach. I am privileged to work in schools that allow me the flexibility to make these types of classroom decisions.


My rationale for this change was grounded in a number of gut-check teacher experiences but also in the writings of Sam Wineburg, Eric Foner, David Perkins, and James Loewen. America has never excelled at knowing its own past. As I watched the school days pass, I observed that students participated and engaged, but still did not meaningfully retain the information. Something had to give. I ditched chronological teaching."

Via Diana Laufenberg, Jim Lerman, Jordan Grant