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"Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?": Teaching Historical Thinking in Grades 7-12
"Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?": Teaching Historical Thinking in Grades 7-12
by Bruce A. Lesh
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.16
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful tool for teaching US histoy and beyond!, August 26, 2011
"Why Can't You Just Give Us the Answer" is a tool for not only US history teachers, but for all educators. Lesh's reflections on his experiences as a student, student teacher and now as a master teacher have inspired me to dust off my teaching philosophy and critically reflect upon how students learn. Lesh gives new teachers the courage to step out the mandated, mundane, and outdated curriculum worlds we may live in, and experiment with his innovative approach to discovery learning.The idea of having students become the historians and work hands-on with prinmary text follows the educational research for brain-based learning. The education world is finally beginning to adopt to this model, and Bruce Lesh is a pioneer for social studies educators.

His idea to create and evaluate essential questions for student learning can guide teachers from across content areas. The general idea of his lesson procudures will help all teachers. As a psychology teacher as well as history teacher, I have taken the model of the "history lab" and implemented into my psychology curriculum. Students will learn about psychology, not only by studying what has been done in the past, but by becoming psychologists themselves. Active learners retain and understand information longer and better. Lesh's understanding of this is portrayed in each lesson he provides in the book.

Lesh's book will trigger the cogs of every creative educators mind so that they to will find the answers to better their teaching.


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