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The senses are very powerful. Too often history is seen as being static and not interesting, especially by students who do not see how
it impacts them. They want something
that appeals to those powerful senses.
Teachers can use this to teach in the classroom. They can bring in…
Added by Lauren Ellott on August 30, 2010 at 4:50pm — No Comments
After reading the roundtable essays on senses in history I came to the conclusion that the senses can be a great teaching tool for the classroom. It can not replace the traditional textbook approach because the end of year test will not ask, What did the civil war smell like? However, a smell, sound, or touch, can help a student remember a certain fact about a historical event. The touch of an army uniform can help…Continue
Added by Tyler Anderson on August 30, 2010 at 3:22pm — No Comments
I think we all have a general feeling about how history is usually taught; you study names, dates, and important events that have led to where we currently are. However, this information generally feels out of touch and disconnected from the present, and it's often difficult to make the connection that people alive in the past had many of the same experiences that we have.
I've been reviewing several articles on sensory history listed in…Continue
Added by Clayton Traver on August 30, 2010 at 12:12pm — No Comments
Added by Candice Gilliland Brewer on August 30, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Added by Taylor Blanton on August 30, 2010 at 9:33am — No Comments
History quite often ignores the majority of the senses, particularly sound, smell, touch, and taste.
Yet, these senses can tell an entirely different history than the typical written, factual, ocularcentric story we are accustomed to. Senses are the tools we use to interpret the world around us every day; it would appear to make sense to utilize these same tools in attempting to gain an understanding of the past. The Roundtable…
Added by Cristina Fishbane on August 25, 2010 at 11:05pm — No Comments