The Gettysburg School Bus
Welcome to “The Gettysburg School Bus”, our blog for educators about the Civil War. If you currently teach about the Civil War, you are on the right bus! But even if you don’t currently teach about the Civil War, I welcome you to this blog because it will be my personal goal to prove that every teacher … at every grade level … and for every curriculum … can utilize something from this very critical time period in American history in their lessons or projects.
My name is Barbara Sanders and for the past 16 years I have come to work each day with the full understanding that I have one of the best jobs in the world. As Education Specialist at Gettysburg National Military Park, I serve as the bridge between the world of the park ranger and the world of the teacher — as a resource for experiential education for the world of formal education — as a teacher with 6,000 acres of historic battlefield for her classroom — and as a park ranger lucky enough to work with hard-working teachers and excited students on their classroom learning and their fun field trips to Gettysburg.
Over time, we will have many stories to tell – stories about soldiers who fought in this battle, stories of the families who waited at home to hear from those soldiers after the battle; travails about what it’s like to work each day to relay these serious stories while wearing a funny ranger hat; and tales, sometimes poignant and sometimes humorous, about the kids of all ages who visit these fields on field trips or family trips. I want to answer the questions of that student in your classroom who just cannot get enough of history, and of that student in your classroom who always seems bored and doesn’t get the point of learning about something that happened so long ago. I want to alert you to upcoming programs, events and opportunities, provide new ideas for your units, your bulletin boards, paper and project ideas for your kids, and cross-curricular connections with other teachers on your team. I want to tell you about all of the most recent research in knowledge retention and the power of field trips, hands-on learning, and other forms of informal education. I want to share the great letters we have received from students through the years. In short, there’s so much fodder for this forum that I hope you’ll spread the word about all that is happening in this little electronic space as we begin commemorations for the 150th year since the Civil War
Gettysburg Museum, Film, Cyclorama Tours
Home school Days
Please contact me for more information
Barbara J. Sanders
Gettysburg National Military Park
Phone: 717-334-1124 ext. 3151