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#1 NelsonM

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 03:54 PM

Thought it might be a good idea to have a thread like this, for students and new teachers alike, that contains recommended reading from either ourselves, but more importantly senior history teachers. Books will be dotted around different threads, and having them all in one place makes it much easier for people. Suggested titles are:

General teaching books

Brown, Kate - Classroom Starters and Plenaries: Creative Ideas for Use Across the Curriculum
Cohen, Louis - A Guide to Teaching Practice
Crowley, Sue - Getting the Buggers to Behave
Ginnis, Paul -
Teacher's Toolkit: Raise Classroom Achievement with Strategies for Every Learner
Keeling and Gilbert - Rocket Up Your Class!: 101 High Impact Activities to Start, Break and End Lessons (Independent Thinking Series)
Lemov, Doug - Teach like a Champion
Wallace and Kirkman -
Pimp Your Lesson!: Prepare, Innovate, Motivate and Perfect (Continuum Practical Teaching Guides)

History books

(for the topics)


History teaching
(how to teach history specifically)

Bourdilon, Hilary - Teaching History: A Reader
Davies, Lynch and Davies - Enlivening Secondary History: 40 Practical Classroom Activities
Farmer & Knight - Active History in Key Stages 3 and 4
Fischer, Peter - Thinking Through History
Murphy, Julia - 100+ Ideas for Teaching History (Continuum One Hundreds)
Smith, Neil - History Teacher's Handbook
Walsh, Ben - Exciting ICT in History

Helpful Websites


http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/

http://www.schoolshi...rg.uk/index.htm

http://www.history.o.../secondary.html

http://www.blackhistory4schools.com/

http://www.historyre...uk/lessons.html

http://classtools.net/


I'll update the list as we get more books, putting the more popular books further up the list. Please feel free to suggest title amendments, or further titles, or whatever (we might get to the stage where we break up the General teaching books into motivation, discipline and so on).

Edited by NelsonM, 06 July 2011 - 09:06 PM.


#2 Will M

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 05:35 PM

Great Idea for a thread!

I'm going to start the ball rolling with a couple I've found really useful this year;:

Neil Smith's History Teachers Handbook, for specific history teaching, its a good introduction and comes with nice modern ideas for how to use ICT and a good set of websites.
Also Sue Cowley's Getting the Buggers To Behave is eminently readable and I've found to contain sound advice for those moments when you don't think you can face a particular class again...

#3 NelsonM

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 08:22 AM

thanks Will, I've added them in. Hopefully we'll get some more now, I'll bump the thread with a few of my own over the weekend!

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 04:27 PM

Maybe this would be best set up as a Google Spreadsheet? Let me know if you'd like me to quickly set one up.

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#5 NelsonM

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 07:55 PM

thanks Russel, might be something to undertake when we have more books. Was hoping for more responses by now tbh, would this be better in another area?

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 06:44 AM

Peter Fisher's Thinking Through History is excellent and even though it is quite old is still an invaluable start for more active teaching ideas.

100+ Ideas for Teaching History (Continuum One Hundreds) by Julia Murphy

Teaching History: A Reader by Hilary Bourdillon

Active History in Key Stages 3 and 4 by Farmer and Knight is a great book

Teacher's Toolkit: Raise Classroom Achievement with Strategies for Every Learner by Paul Ginnis

Enlivening Secondary History: 40 Practical Classroom Activities by Davies, Lynch and Davies.

Classroom Starters and Plenaries: Creative Ideas for Use Across the Curriculum by Kate Brown

Pimp Your Lesson!: Prepare, Innovate, Motivate and Perfect (Continuum Practical Teaching Guides): by Wallace and Kirkman

Rocket Up Your Class!: 101 High Impact Activities to Start, Break and End Lessons (Independent Thinking Series) by Keeling and Gilbert


Should be a good bump start for your list.
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#7 Will M

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 04:19 PM

Dave, that's great, I shall now attack ebay and abebooks and get hold of some of the books I should have brought months ago!

Also on a slightly more random note and whilst it is duplicating an entire section of this forum, is it also worth adding a list for teaching history websites; so that new teachers can find places to start looking for ideas if nothing else. If so the following would also make sense:

Obviously: http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/

http://www.schoolshi...rg.uk/index.htm

http://www.history.o.../secondary.html

http://www.blackhistory4schools.com/

http://www.historyre...uk/lessons.html

http://classtools.net/

#8 NelsonM

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 04:52 PM

useful to have it all in the one area, nice one Will.

Thank you for that great list of books too Dave, excellent!

#9 NelsonM

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:39 PM

bump. I've been reading Doug Lemov's Teach Like a Champion and am thoroughly enjoying, and recommend, it. It outlines 49 ideas that Lemov has picked up through his own teaching and watching many other excellent teachers. Well worth a read.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 02:15 PM

bump. I've been reading Doug Lemov's Teach Like a Champion and am thoroughly enjoying, and recommend, it. It outlines 49 ideas that Lemov has picked up through his own teaching and watching many other excellent teachers. Well worth a read.


Thanks for this thread - a great idea. Now to get reading!

#11 NelsonM

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 02:19 AM

welcome man, still holding out hope more people will add books!

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 04:53 PM

thanks for posting your list Russel, could you possibly separate them into fact and fiction piles so I can sort them into the main list?

#13 Dan Moorhouse

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 10:25 PM

Russ' list ought to be easy enough to add to your sections without much hassle.

There's also a book in production by multiple authors, edited by ben Walsh, on ict in history. Ben also had a book on history using ict a few years ago, the name of which escapes me at the moment.

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 02:50 PM

Ben Walsh's book was called 'Exciting ICT in History' and was published by Network educational Press in 2005

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 03:48 PM

...erm...it appears that my posting has disappeared from the forum!?

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