Category Archives: Planning

#youreallyshouldteach…Emma of Normandy

Last year, one of my favourite year 11s approached me at the end of the lesson and asked me if I’d ever heard of Emma of Normandy. Her gran has asked for a reading recommendation, she explained. I had not, … Continue reading

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The very vivid and very full back to school nightmare last night has prompted me to spend much of today working, which has been something of a guilty pleasure. My school has a slightly earlier summer finish so I have … Continue reading

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What I’m reading now

Now that down time is kicking in I am going back to the books to consolidate the year and prepare for next year. Here’s what I’m reading at the moment. Adam Hochschild,┬áBury The Chains I’m teaching a brief history of … Continue reading

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#youreallyshouldteach…Vlad the Impaler

Ben Newmark and Mike Stuchbery over on Twitter have been hoping to highlight some obscure bits of history that are worth teaching. I’m going to bang my Vlad the Impaler drum again. In my final year at university I took … Continue reading

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Development Study: The British Diet Through Time

I’ve written in brief about the development study we’ve taught in year 8 this year, here and here, where I explain my efforts to get students reading difficult sources. Having explained the annotated timeline assessment as part of the HA … Continue reading

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What I’m Teaching This Week

I read some blogs recently under the 28 days of blogging hashtag and it struck me that I quite often think a lot about blog posts, mentally compiling them during my commute, but very rarely put anything down. Now, I’m … Continue reading

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Top Down Planning

According to Carole Dweck in her book Mindset, having higher expectations of people can lead to improvements in their levels of attainment. Believing there is a ceiling to one’s achievement creates a ceiling to one’s achievement, the argument goes. In … Continue reading

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