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

VR in the History Classroom

Previous experiences of VR compared to VR today

I remember my first experience of virtual reality. It was in the early nineties and I’d have been about twelve. I went to a computer games arcade and they had a virtual reality machine. You had to put a ridiculously heavy helmet on and these weird smelly gloves. It was very exciting. And then the game began. It looked blocky, the movements were glitchy and it was frankly a disappointment. I wish I had spent my pound on another game of Daytona.
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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

Teaching Strategy: Family and Relations

Helping students to get to engage with the biography of an important historical figure

Students take on the role of people who have to explain their relationship to a leading historical figure, thereby broadly mapping out his or her biography. Continue reading Teaching Strategy: Family and Relations

Teaching Strategy: Planning a Documentary

Helping students to decide the relative importance of different factors, events or changes

Students plan a documentary by deciding how much time should be allocated to given topics. Students imagine they are planning a one-hour documentary. The teacher gives them a list of topics that need to be included. They plan by labeling and shading a pie chart, by that defining the importance of the topics. Continue reading Teaching Strategy: Planning a Documentary