There is something really exciting about teaching genealogy. Who knows but one of your students could be the future Helen Leary,Thomas Jones, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Brenda Dougall Merriman or Paula Stuart Warren: outstanding genealogists of today. We do not know when we enter the class room what our impact will be on the leading edge of genealogy and family history So we need to beprepared.
May I suggest that even if you are teaching classes daily or weekly now, you can benefit from reviewing Sandra Hargreaves Luebking’s chapter in Professional Genealogy entitled “Classroom Teaching”. most of the chapter is devoted to a discussion of the process of teaching as she focuses in turn on the teacher, learner,message, method, evaluation and external influences on the learning environment. Under the “method” section she looks closely at alternatiives to lecturing:case studies, delegation, demonstration, discussion, programmed instruction, role play and simulation as learning activities.
Sandra concludes, “We should be creative and daring in the classroom– preparing diligently and evaluating each use of a different method of lesson presentation. We’ll be far more effective and neither we nor our students need fear dullness from us again.”
Take the time and read the chapter. It will start you thinking. That reference again is
Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, “Classroom Teaching” in Elizabeth Shown Mills (editor), Professional Genealogy, A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2001) pp.552-568
Sandra suggests several other items for further study. Two of them are:
Sheila Benedict, “Teaching Genealogy” Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, 14 (September 1999) page 121 and
Paula Stuart Warren, “The Nuts and Bolts of Genealogical Teaching and Lecturing” on pages 117-120, 122-125 of that same issue.
If you do not have these issues, go to your library and request them using interlibrary loan.
Just to see who is paying attention, I’d like to hear what you think is meant by “delegation” as mentioned in this post? All comments welcome.