Having students explore history starting with their own place in it is a great idea. All of us have connections to the events that populate textbooks and social studies lessons. We and the children in our classes have, or have family members who have migrated from other places, been in hurricanes, fought in or lived through wars, visited landmarks and more. How rich our holiday experiences would be if we gave each other opportunities to share our lives.
As educators, we can help children make their probing interesting and exciting for everyone. But we must help them learn how to be respectful and to ask questions that will get the kind of information they seek. This is especially true when they move beyond the family in their research. The interview questions you’ve provided and LOTS of practice in class should really produce some exciting results.
I’ll be checking here for reports from teachers on their experiences with this.
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