Helping students to participate in the development of ideas in depth
When exploring a topic in-depth, this “discussion technique“ may encourage the participation of students who do not feel comfortable during verbal exchange. Continue reading Silent Conversation
www.click2map.com is a simple to use tool enabling you, or your students, to create annotated maps.
We have used it with students who need to revise the battles of the Western Front. Students posted the key facts and a picture onto a map. The process of looking up the information from their notes and locating each battle correctly was useful revision in itself, and they now have a saved map to revise from for their exams. Continue reading Click2Map
A quick review of the landscape!
When I was at school (at some time in the far and distant past), no teacher could continue to teach me from a distance. I was a good student, so my file was always in order, but I can’t say I really had a clear sense of the whole course I was studying. All my notes were paper based.
I am increasingly a teacher who continues to teach my students when they are out of school. I organise them and show them where what they are learning fits into a course plan. I teach using a range of media. All this is possible because of the many digital platforms out there. Continue reading Digital platforms: teaching your history students beyond the classroom!
Helping students to define and justify significance
Students imagine they are re-organising a gallery. They have to choose between the portraits of two well-known individuals – only one of them can stay on the wall. First, they write down what they think they already know about the two. Then they look at sources to find out more and to find arguments for their choice. This means defining the historical significance of each. Continue reading Teaching Strategy: Which Portrait Should Stay?
Helping students to compare and contrast motives
Where many historical actors are involved in the same event or change, the skill of multiperspectivity can be trained by analysing the motives of each of them very carefully. This brings out for students the common goals as well as the factors that distinguish the motives of some from the others. Historical actors may refer to both individuals and groups, such as nations. Continue reading Teaching Strategy: Analysing People’s Motives