Teaching Students Chronology: Strategies to Help Students Develop a Chronological Framework
Creating a chronological framework for understanding historical events and processes is challenging even the most able students. Three experienced AP history teachers will demonstrate teaching strategies to help students learn how to think chronologically, focusing on developing proficiency with three specific historical thinking skills: historical causation, patterns of continuity and change over time, and periodization. Patricia McGloine will model strategies for teaching causation using World War I as an example. Geri Hastings will discuss effective ways to use the African-American Leaders Colloquium as a prototype for student-centered teaching focusing on change and continuity over time. Finally, Erik Vincent will demonstrate different approaches to helping students periodize the “long nineteenth-century” in world history.