Sometimes I think we have to remind ourselves that history really happened. Recently we had a great opportunity to remember that when we are learning these "dry" facts in history, we are learning about real people, who led real lives and have their own stories just like us.
One week in history, we ran across Samuel Morse and the fact that he helped develop the first transcontinental telegraph and Morse Code. And that was it. Now I can understand why students might find that a little dry and uninteresting. But we took a little time to look deeper into Morse's story and that's where history came alive.
Take the few minutes to listen to his story and let history come alive.
I was amazed at that insight (not because I was thinking it myself) because of the amount of theological ink that has been spent over the issue of God's sovereignty in History, and here I have a 12 year old who is able to affirm this basic biblical truth through learning about Samuel Morse, the guy who invented the telegraph and Morse code.
I love the idea of learning history through story, and it is something I hope to develop in my teaching style as I continue in education.