Monthly Archives: October 2012

Sense of period – increasing the sense of a contemporary voice in the classroom

As part of my obsession with sense of period I have decided to increase the use of contemporary narratives in the classroom. I like this idea as a) I love stories and b) believe that they reveal a ton about … Continue reading

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Historia – one term in…

Back in June my colleagues and I set up a lunchtime lecture club for Post-16 (see my earlier blog on this). Well we are a term in so I thought I would write an update so that I can reflect … Continue reading

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An open letter to Nick Gibb

Dear Mr Gibb, A few days ago you published a piece in the Telegraph entitled ‘Soon history will come alive again in class‘ (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/9624840/Soon-history-will-come-alive-again-in-class.html). As a history teacher I feel I have to respond on a number of levels. The … Continue reading

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Further adventures with sense of period…

Ok back to more sense of period stuff (apologies if I am boring you) Sense of period in one object: I used the Frank’s Casket in lesson this week. I printed out images of each panel and got the kids … Continue reading

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Why is sense of period important? – Reflection on Term 1

Last June I decided that I would teach my history lessons differently (see my early blog). One thing I decided I would focus on was explicitly teaching sense of period – beginning each new scheme of work with an activity … Continue reading

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A response to the Historical Association A-Level reform discussion paper

Dani Hilliard, writing for the Historical Association, published a discussion paper on A-level reform this week: http://www.history.org.uk/resources/secondary_news_1612.html It makes cracking reading. This is my response. At the offset I should point out two things: 1. I know Dani and my school … Continue reading

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A rubber pig, a pen knife and some red cotton…making Galen interesting

As you may tell if you’ve read my previous posts I am on a bit of a mission this year to make my GCSE History lessons interesting again and in particular to make my history of medicine lessons good. Now … Continue reading

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