Teaching Strategies

Teaching Strategies

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Welcome to the Teaching Strategies section! The aim of this section is to provide you with lots of practical ideas to help make your teaching lively and to help you address common ‘learning blocks’ that students encounter in history. For example, these might be in relation to chronological understanding, or defining historical significance, or taking part in debate, or learning dates and names. These practical teaching strategies have been developed and tested by leading history teaching practitioners. They can be adapted to your teaching environment. They are ‘quick fixes’ and are not of themselves enough to make a great teacher. Excellent history teachers have a very clear understanding of the discipline of history, they know what is meant by historical thinking, and they are part of a community of professionals who are constantly debating what is meant by progression in history and sharing ideas about good practice.

Hopefully not too many classrooms look like the picture above in the 21st century!

From the EUROCLIO Manifesto on High Quality History, Heritage and Citizenship Education, via the explanations of historical thinking and learning activities on Historiana, to this dedicated section about teaching strategies, we aim to support your history teaching. We welcome feedback on the teaching strategies. How have you developed them further? What other great ideas do you have that you can share? We would love to hear from you! Please send your feedback to labs@historiana.eu.

Image: The Book of Ethics of Henry of Germany, Public Domain (The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei).

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