Hello Dr. Langhorst! This is my second time leaving a comment on your blog, and I'd just like to thank you again for sharing all your great ideas with fellow teachers. 'My Three Artifacts' is such a great way to, as you say, get to know students, and at the same time, shape their understanding of history. Indeed, students have been built in intellectually to think of history (or any school subject?) as the textbook and what the teacher says in class. So for students to consider which 3 artifacts they should select, explain why they select those and how those tell a story of themselves is like the work of a historian trying to reconstruct history!I can't wait to try this with my current or future students!
Thanks Hang! Glad that you have enjoyed the posts and that you consider it something that you can use in class as well. I think any time a history teacher can help students to see a personal connection to history it goes a long way in getting them to want to explore history in general. Thanks. Please let me know if you ever have any questions.Eric