Now in my 7th year of teaching a full-year 9th grade course on Western New York History in an all-girls independent high school in Buffalo (Buffalo Seminary), I’m convinced that local history offers untapped potential to inspire students – but I think I’ve just scratched the surface.
I also suspect that other teachers have made the same discovery, so I’m looking to identify and connect with local history teachers in order to support and learn from each other.
For me, three things have made teaching local history different from teaching other history courses. First, students usually arrive in class knowing much more about the subject than they anticipate, quickly discovering a source of empowerment. They see the connections among related historical narratives. [Read more…] about Local History Teachers Unite! Share Your Local Texts