This blog is written as a way to reflect on my own practice and issues that surround history teaching. It is not an egotistical thing, as some people may see it, but a way to engage in debate about teaching and share some ideas and hopefully receive some new ideas too.

I am a history teacher in Bristol. I am currently completing my MEd, focused, so far, on the use of online discussions and incorporating local history into the classroom. Apart from that I am fascinated by the use of technology to improve pedagogy and developing methods to utilise museums in enquiry led learning outside the classroom. If any of these things interest you and you’d like to discuss it I would be happy to hear from you!

Current Projects:

  • What is the value and purpose of using local history in the classroom? (MEd dissertation project – focused on Bristol Docks (as a method to teach enquiry skills) and Bristol’s links with the slave trade (as a method to illustrate national history on a local scale)
  • The development of a department website (http://tinyurl.com/rgshistory)
  • The development of a department twitter feed (http://twitter.com/rgshistory)

3 Responses to About

  1. Mr. Cave says:

    Hey Richard- Ben Cave from Brimsham Green School!

    Loving your work here, seems like we’re aiming to do similar things- department websites, blogs and twitter feeds all in the name of raising interest and attainment in history!

    Thought we could help each other raise awareness of this! I’ll put this blog on my links page to increase traffic if you wish, and vice versa perhaps? We could also share ideas for making our department websites as useful as possible, I’ve already seen some of your great work that I think would work well. My ideas for a department twitter feed are still in the early stages, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated there, from there, retweets would also be a great tool!

    Congrats on completing your masters by the way, mine is still very much a work in progress!

    Best wishes,

    Ben Cave

    • kenradical says:

      Hi Ben,

      Nice to hear from you! Love the idea of adding links to each others blogs and will sort that shortly. Also sharing ideas is always a good idea, whether virtually or in person. In terms of twitter feeds and websites has Brimsham got involved with GoogleApps yet? If not push them, using GoogleDocs especially opens up the possibilities of what to do in a truly exciting way. I intend to blog on this at the weekend!

      In the meantime keep up the good work, your blog is great.


      ps. Not finished the Masters yet, just doing the final research this week then write up will take at least 6 months!

  2. Stela says:

    Dear Richard,
    Well, what do you know, on my journey home from the HA discussion group I got up to date with the August ed of History Today and read ‘Teachers telling tales…’ which was really interesting since I had spoken earlier about the engaging power of narrative.

    Today was affirmative. Often we are alone in our domains thinking we are doing the right thing, coming together confirms and develops our interests.

    Notwithstanding, how are you getting on with the dissertation? If you need to show impact of your ideas, I’d be happy to have a look at some of your initiatives and see if I could incorporate your thinking into my teaching.
    You may be interested in an article from the Daily Telegraph (Sunday, I think) looking at the use of Ipads etc in the classroom. One of the schools in East Herts (Goffs) is championing this way of learning. However, for balance, you may want to look at the comments of the Goggle exec also interviewed on his views. I’m going to network to see what I can find out about this.

    Hope to see you at future events,

    Stela B

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