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Employing Different Teaching Methods in Humanities

Employing Different Teaching Methods in Humanities

I have a lot, and I mean A LOT, of flexibility in Humanities (my standards are super vague, for example I have to teach “art of diverse cultures”. . .check!). This can be so freeing especially in an educational climate that is choking so many good teachers into robotic instruction, however the downside of it can be that there are so many options that it can be overwhelming to know what to choose that isn’t boring for the students.

One trap I try to avoid is the ever-present art project. It can be so easy to turn every unit into art project after art project. The way I overcome this innate bias is to make sure my students only see a style of activity or project ONCE throughout the year. Although it can be initially more difficult to plan for, because it’s a lot easier to adopt the same project parameters for different units, it is more rewarding when students have to display their knowledge in a variety of ways. Keeps ’em on their toes! I also do not want to not unjustly favor artistic students, because I was not one of those artistic kids in school. I tell my students at the beginning of the year that it is totally ok if they hate a certain activity or project we do because they will only see it once!

Read more: Student Series! Blogging in Humanities

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Here are some ideas for Humanities activities and projects that I use throughout the year:

JMF

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