Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- How do you teach young students abstract concepts like change and the passage of time?
- What types of visuals do you use to help students learn? What determines the type of visuals that you use?
- When do you use small groups to enhance student learning? How do you organize the student groups? What factors make using small groups a successful teaching strategy?
Watch the Video
As you watch "Historical Change," take notes on Mr. Kitts's instructional strategies, particularly how he helps students comprehend change over time. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.
Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:
- What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
- How did Mr. Kitts integrate his students' culture with a lesson about other people and eras?
- What strategies did Mr. Kitts use to engage his students? Which strategies helped students retain information and use knowledge in new settings?
- How did this lesson build on students' sense of history?
- What did Mr. Kitts do to make the concepts in this lesson easier for students to understand? How did he assess students' understanding?
- How is this class different from yours? What are some concrete examples from your students' lives that you might use to illustrate historical change?
Let's take a second look at Mr. Kitts's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.