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Posted 14 June 2011 - 12:05 PM
Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:21 PM
I found this really interesting Jim, and I think it has tremendous significance for the group working on the National Curriculum.
Latest guest blog from Esther Arnott http://ow.ly/5gtJW 'Bricks, mortar and blood' - how her use of local history has changed. Why they liked but were then were disatisfied with their work on Hampton Court and replaced it with something more based around the lives and personal histories of their own students.
Esther proved in practice what we all know in the back of our minds - thatthe classroom works best when it's of direct relevance to the PUPILS.
So - sorry to bang on about it but - it just proves what I;ve said all along that the best judge of the content of the curriculum is the teacher-and-pupils in the classroom (albeit monitored and guided by SMT/Ofsted).
Making a 'one-size-fits-British' curriculum - as they seem to have enthusiastically set off thinking about - will be a recipe for lack of engagement.
(PLUS interviews/relatives/neighbours/visitors is much cheaper than trips out!)
Through the years I did a number of these activities with pupils (admittedly not as well as Esther). They always yielded wonderful source material and I have files at home still waiting to be typed up!
Posted 13 July 2011 - 04:18 PM
Next up is Jason Hewson - (profile here: http://bit.ly/pCR4HI)
Followed by the irrepressible John Clare, who needs no introduction, taking you into the Summer.
And for those of you have broader responsibilities beyond History you might be interested to visit our guest blogs for
Citizenship and PSHE Current blogger is Ade Sofola of Think Global
Religious Studies and Philosophy Current blogger is Daniel Hugill of Coopers Company School who is on the Executive of NATRE
Geography Current blogger is Tony Cassidy of radicalgeography.co.uk
But if these others don't interest do please pass on the urls to anyone in your Humanities faculty/department who might be interested.
Posted 16 August 2011 - 03:50 PM
The place of debate and contentiousness in history teaching
History is a discourse
The importance of being ... argumentative
The place of facts:
Mr Gove and the Return of Facts
Selecting the facts = choosing the History you want
The place of narrative
Mr Schama’s Dream
Autism and the Primacy of Analysis
The place of the individual in school history teaching:
How Enid Blyton changed my life
The Invisible Man
Indoctrination and the pedagogy of the Individual
Fraught with danger and pedagogically shallow?
And most recently has headed into 'interpretations'
A few urgencies about interpretations
Posted 19 September 2011 - 01:16 PM
Posted 30 January 2012 - 12:52 PM
Posted 30 January 2012 - 06:07 PM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 01:28 PM
- Local History based on significance of World War One in Vocal about local
- Using Private Peaceful for a joint enquiry with the English Department in Sense of Period: fiction in the History Classroom
- School trips to the battlefields and Berlin in Learning outside the classroom
Robin Bunce and Laura Gallagher - editors of 20th Century History Review - have now taken the reins for March. Their first two blogs are teasingly titled:
The strange case of Russell Brand and Joseph Stalin and
Michael Gove, George Orwell and the King James Bible
Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:37 PM
Also I have been asked by a couple of people recently how you get to be invited to be our guest blogger. The answer is that if you want to be added to the list of potential and eager bloggers and have something you want to share via the Hodder History Nest then send me a personal message via this Forum or contact me via the Nest.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 03:48 PM
Force the source: or how I stopped worrying and began to love the source
Project-based learning: a new hope
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