Bruce A. Lesh has been a teacher and department chair for twenty-two years at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, Maryland. He is passionate about making historical events come to life for his students. In these short videos, Bruce shares his expertise in facilitating student handling of primary sources. He shares his practical insights about building background knowledge; aligning key questions of importance with carefully selected, interesting primary sources, interpreting history based on evidence, and the energy that is created when a community of teachers connect as they implement social studies labs.
As a past president of the Maryland Council for the Social Studies and past vice-chair of the National Council for History Education, Bruce teaches American history and advanced placement U.S. politics and government. Bruce has published three units on teaching American history using primary sources through the Center for Learning. He has also been published several times in the OAH Magazine of History and written book reviews for The History Teacher. In April of 2011 his book, Why Won’t You Just Tell Us the Answer? Teaching Historical Thinking in Grades 7-12 was published by Stenhouse. (Teachers who participated in the Region 13 Critical Thinking Lab project used this for a book study.) In addition to teaching and writing, Bruce is a cofounder and member of the board of directors for the Center for History Education at the University of Maryland. In 2008 he was recognized as the pre-collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Organization of American Historians. In 2013 he received the award for Maryland Council for the Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year. Bruce received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Salisbury University and his master’s degree in history from Villanova University.
For insights into the importance of effective instructional practices, read Bruce’s article Breaking News: American Students are Ignorant of Current Events and American History! in History Matters!
Bruce Lesh Interview Questions
Webinar clips based off this book Why Won’t You Just Tell Us the Answer?