Category: Bulletin Board Ideas

Why History Matters Career Bulletin Board

Why History Matters Career Bulletin Board

Every year students ask the same question. “Why does history matter?”

Sometimes they are well-meaning and genuine. Sometimes they are just wasting time. Sometimes they are being down-right difficult. But the question comes without fail each year, even if I have already explained.

This year I decided instead of just answering their question, I was going to show them. I created this History Careers Bulletin Board so that my students could see just one aspect of why history matters. These are careers that they could possibly go in that require a knowledge and understanding of history (or geography, as I teach that as well).

This bulletin board has changed the conversation. Now students come to me and say, “Tell me more!” I just had lunch in my classroom with a 9th grader, who told me that she¬†loved history but wanted to work in an office. Did I know of any careers that could put those two interests together? I was thrilled to point this young girl toward a few college options, as well as degrees related to both history and offices. ūüôā

Another student spotted the career “Travel Writer” on the bulletin board. She proceeded to research a country that she wanted to visit, discovered that the citizens of this ¬†country struggle to gain access to¬†fresh water, and dreamed of starting a non-profit that would provide the people of this country with tools to access fresh water. She hopes that working for a travel magazine or website someday will give her the opportunity to bring attention to this cause.

If you want to try this Bulletin Board, I have a starter kit with all of the careers for a very reasonable price in my store. Check it out, save some time, and inspire your students!

What do you do to inspire your students to use history in their future?

 

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Bulletin Board Idea: Americans Close to Our Hearts

When I started teaching history full-time, I discovered a sad truth. There are very few high school level, content-rich social studies/history bulletin boards. It is horrible. There is very little inspiration out there.

To make matters worse, my school requires that teachers change up their bulletin boards every 6-8 weeks. Because of seasons, that ends up being five or six bulletin boards per year!

Recently I was inspired by Pinterest’s abundance of “African Americans We Love” or “African Americans Close to our Hearts” bulletin boards.¬†While I do put considerable effort into Black History Month in February (and this might be a story for another day), I just really wanted a bulletin board that didn’t have racial preference. So I modified the board to simply “Americans Close to Our Hearts.”

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My board features a variety of Americans in a variety of fields from multiple eras. Including:

  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Henry Ford
  • Walt Disney
  • Rosa Parks
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Meriwether Lewis
  • Madam C.J. Walker
  • Thomas Edison
  • Paul Robeson
  • Booker T. Washington

I definitely felt like I could have added many more people to the list, and likely will in the future, but I was out of room and knew that I needed to keep the list curated.

Hope this board inspires you with your own Valentine’s Day creation!