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History is complicated, but teachers can approach it by leading with truth and advocating for empathy.
History teachers guide students through a past marked by triumph and tragedy. Each time we enter the classroom, we’re stepping into the critical but challenging role of walking side by side with our students, confronting the past with empathy, tact, and sensitivity.
Our foremost aim is to cultivate a comprehensive understanding of and genuine appreciation for the historian’s craft. To accomplish this, it’s crucial above all else that we instill in our students a firm confidence in their teacher. Drawing upon my 17 years of teaching American history, I humbly offer these tips to assist in fulfilling this crucial role.
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