Fun Ways to Teach History Without Using Textbooks

Textbooks are certainly an important tool when it comes to teaching history. Yet nothing comes closer to understanding historical events than witnessing it with your own eyes.

Taking your students to the Berlin Wall to help them grasp the world-changing events that unfolded right there decades ago.

Reading Anne Frank’s diary, then visiting the house her family hid in for months.

Marvelling at the Colosseum in Rome and perusing Vatican City.

Young students can find it difficult to connect with history. It can be hard to comprehend all that occurred so long ago, so far away. Yet visiting these attractions and being immersed in a culture can help them truly engage and understand the heritage behind the country.

Travel, the most engaging ‘classroom’

As educators, you teach history often without having ever experienced the country first-hand yourself. While you convey the information as best you can, it’s just as important for you to connect with your teachings… to best answer questions, to serve as the country’s voice, and to inspire them to want to learn more.

With educational travel trips, you also become the ‘student’, as local tour guides walk your group through tales of ancient civilisations, war, religions, myths and more. These guides are ‘talking textbooks.’

Travelling to the regions you’re studying in class can help teach without textbooks. It’s simply delivered in an immediate, physical and more immersive format. Because there’s so much more to learn about a culture than through words.

The best learning is multi-sensory. It complements the textbook information and standard classroom format. Imagination and imagery can only take students (and you) so far. Pair the textbook approach with educational trips to best teach history.

Textbooks are the precursor to experiencing it. While this isn’t always possible with every subject you teach, with learnings that date back decades (and centuries), the physical experience will strengthen their comprehension.

The more culturally-aware your students are, the greater they’re able to empathise, accept others, and actively work to create positive change. Students can better understand their place in the world, appreciate the opportunities around them, and their own cultural heritage.

History matters. Bring it to life, through educational trips

History lessons don’t have to be about regurgitating textbook information with the odd YouTube video. Teach the basics, then let travel bring forward lessons that only being there can provide.

At TravelBound, we arrange tailor-made history tours to all corners of the globe. From China to Poland, Cuba to Antarctica, teach your students about the world beyond the pages.

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