I am very excited to be able to host the 2025 SOURCES conference here in Orlando on January 25, 2025, on the lovely campus of the University of Central Florida. You, and other educators interested in effective practices related to teaching with primary sources, will be in attendance. I am thoroughly excited that so many will be here to share ideas, engage in discussions, and learn about new, effective, and engaging ways to integrate primary sources into K-12 education.
Presenters will provide strategies for using primary sources to help K-12 students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills, and build content knowledge, specifically in one or more of the following ways:
· Justifying conclusions about whether a source is primary or secondary, depending upon the time or topic under study;
· Describing examples of the benefits of teaching with primary sources;
· Analyzing a primary source using Library of Congress tools;
· Accessing teaching tools and primary sources from www.loc.gov/teachers;
· Identifying key considerations for selecting primary sources for instructional use (for example, student needs and interests, teaching goals, etc.);
· Accessing primary sources and teaching resources from www.loc.gov for instructional use;
· Analyzing primary sources in different formats;
· Analyzing a set of related primary sources in order to identify multiple perspectives;
· Demonstrating how primary sources can support at least one teaching strategy (for example, literacy, inquiry-based learning, historical thinking, etc.); and
· Presenting a primary source based activity that helps students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.
I hope to see you here at the SOURCES Conference on January 20, 2024.
Keep on teaching with primary sources!
Scott M. Waring, Ph.D.
Professor of Social Science Education
Director of the Teaching with Primary Sources Program
at the University of Central Florida