Teaching Strategy: Developing a Sense of Place

Helping students to develop a sense of place and period, a crucial part of thinking historically

Students often have problems thinking historically because they do not know enough about the time and place they are trying to think about. For example, how can we expect a student to analyse propaganda posters from World War One if they have no idea what the values and attitudes of society were at the time? Continue reading Teaching Strategy: Developing a Sense of Place

Understanding Political Cartoons

Helping students to understand how political cartoons are constructed and how every part of the image, and the way the parts relate to each other, are important when analysing such cartoons

Students often struggle to identify the main message of a political cartoon, because they do not know how to read the different aspects of them for meaning. This is a strategy to help them analyse every detail and to consider its importance. Continue reading Understanding Political Cartoons

MindMup: An effective digital tool to support historical thinking

One day as a home assignment I set my students the task of creating a mind map. Next day during the lesson one student said that she had found a really useful online tool for mind maps. She shared it with us and now I am sharing it with you. It’s called MindMup. Continue reading MindMup: An effective digital tool to support historical thinking

Using Google Apps – Google Forms in History class

I want to share one of the useful digital tools that I use with my classes. We have started using Google Forms and my students are really enjoying the process.

It is easy to sign up for a Google Apps account and to start using Google Forms for different purposes in the classroom. There are many different general uses for Google Forms. I will mention these briefly and I will then share the activities I have used successfully during lessons. Continue reading Using Google Apps – Google Forms in History class