Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas History Lessons

Videos in the lessons running up to the Christmas break irritate me. I know we are all tired but it’s plain lazy. I am not going to show Elf, the Snowman or Santa Claus the Movie. This does not make … Continue reading

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Building your own virtual museum – helping students to understand a sense of period and significance

I’ve barked on about about the importance of using artefacts in lessons before and I think it’s something I’ll be back to again before the year is out. Anyway this got me thinking. Instead of me introducing artefacts to the … Continue reading

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How can ICT aid teaching and learning in the history classroom?

For the last four years I have been teaching the PGCE cohort at Bristol University about using ICT in the history classroom. This year I decided to totally rewrite my entire presentation as I feel I have changed and I … Continue reading

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Lesson plans – why learning needs to be exponential not linear

Since September I’ve done a lot of thinking about the structure of lessons and what makes a decent lesson and over the next month I intend to blog a few ideas I’ve had. Idea 1:  Lessons should be planned for … Continue reading

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Sense of period – using an individual story to build a picture of a period

This term in Year 8 we are looking at the changing nature of power in the 17th century attempting a grand Whig style narrative of the century covering the Civil War, Cromwell, Restoration and the Glorious Revolution. To kick off … Continue reading

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