Friday, February 29, 2008

The Six Senses in History Class

History is a class chock-full of right-brain aptitudes and the six senses. Up until reading this book, I had never thought about history in this way. It is obvious how much story is prevalent in history class because history is essentially the story of the world that examines the things people did, why they did them, and what happened as a result. This also relates symphony to history because separate events and people that are seemingly unrelated actually turn out to be, and their stories come together to form the fabric of human story through time. Empathy also helps in history because we learn about many tragic and sad situations, and if we have empathy for the people that these situations effected, then we can connect and learn about these events on a deeper level. In my class this year, we also manage to incorporate play because my teacher has an extremely sharp wit and applies this to what we are learning to make it fun and interesting. Meaning is found in history class too because almost all historical events have a deeper meaning than there is on the surface, and we as humans can learn from this and apply it to our own lives. Some historical figures, such as Martin Luther King, can also inspire us and change the way we think, which helps dramatically in finding meaning. Reading AWNM has definitely changed the way I think about my learning in history and has aided me in noticing elements that were always there; it merely took this book to point them out to me. This book has definitely altered the way I think.

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