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Chatfield College Offers A Creative Approach To Teaching History
October 7th, 2013
Chatfield College faculty member Lonnie Brett Griffith is dedicated to augmenting his college level history classes with historical artifacts. Griffith, who teaches history and political science classes at the Catholic, liberal arts college’s Over-the-Rhine and Brown County campuses, is also a curator at the Ulysses S. Grant Boyhood Home and Grant Schoolhouse. In addition, the educator from Georgetown volunteers as a living history presenter.
Griffin finds that including artifacts in the curriculum “brings history to life. The students like the visual and hands-on experiences and have a chance to see things up close. It’s much more memorable than a picture in a textbook,” states Griffin. “I think of it as having the museum come to the students.”
Students in U.S. History I classes at the private, two-year college are currently studying the factors contributing to the American Revolutionary War. Griffin owns a collection of reproduction and original items from numerous eras of U.S. and world history. “I have many historical objects that correspond with every curriculum I teach. The Chatfield students respond well to my approach. My goal is to make classes as interesting and interactive as possible.”
Photo Caption: (L to R) Chatfield students Joseph Anderson (Kennedy Heights), Justine Scott (Northside) and Felicia Stevenson (Walnut Hills) are pictured with their U.S. History I instructor, Lonne Brett Griffith (Georgetown), who is dressed in a reproduction of a Revolutionary War uniform. Griffith uses historical artifacts to enhance his history curriculum and the educational experience of his students at both the Over-the-Rhine and Brown County campuses of Chatfield College.