So, do you? If not, you’re missing out! Podcasts aren’t just how you get through your morning commute. They can broaden your horizons—and your students’, too. Use them to refresh your own understanding or to expand your knowledge of people and events. Get ideas on different ways to approach your lesson plans, or even play them for your students in
Not sure where to start? One of our favorite podcasts here at Teacher’s Discovery is The History Chicks. Hosts Beckett and Susan chat about notable women throughout history. Their friendly style is easy to listen to and generally classroom-appropriate (they always give a heads-up on anything that might not be suitable for younger listeners).
Try listening to one of our favorite episodes, Sojourner Truth. It’s a deep dive into her life, from her birth to her death. The episode covers her greatest accomplishments and tackles the controversy surrounding the most famous speech she ever made.
Want to know more about The History Chicks? Check out the who, what, when, where, and why of it all in their very own words:
Since 2011, Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider have been conversationally (and with a touch of irreverence) sharing the stories of women who may be gone, but should never be forgotten. Each episode is focused on the life, times, challenges, failures, and successes of historical women. What else was going on in the world when she was alive? What kind of education did she have? Who was in her family? As many details as possible are woven into each story to present an entertaining, factual, multi-dimensional picture of their subject.
History isn’t about dates, wars, treaties, and borders—it’s simply about people living their lives in a time different than our own. No one is perfect, no one succeeds in everything, and Beckett and Susan don’t want to present only a shiny view of historical women. They want to share the things that will make people think, “She was human, just like me.”
They research independently with sources anyone can get their hands on. Is there a documentary about her on Netflix? Is it good? They’ll tell you. What are the best books to learn more? They’ll tell you, and break down their favorites by reading level. What parts are true in that movie that was inspired by actual events? They share that, too, and give everyone the tools and encouragement to learn more on their own.
The History Chicks Podcast: Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. One conversation.
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