Knowledge RICH does not begin to describe it!!

There have recently been some superb initiatives by colleagues to collate lists of all the very many helpful resources out there that we can use as history teachers. This work on behalf of the community saves so much time and is so helpful to newer colleague less au fait with the sources old hands use for subject knowledge and also ‘how to teach’ updating.

This post will change and grow as more work is done, but it is an attempt to put all these wonderful links together in one handy place:

Move me On!

This is a regular feature in Teaching History. It is designed to build critical, informed debate about the character of teacher training, teacher education and professional development. It is also designed to offer practical help to all involved in training new history teachers. Each Move Me On! presents a situation in initial teaching education with an emphasis on a particular specific history issue. Thanks to @JMSReflect for this collation. ‘Move Me On!’ list


In Teaching History this is a regular feature to help school history teachers to update their subject knowledge. with special emphasis on recent historiography and changing interpretation. Thanks to @JMSReflect for this collation. Polychronicon

New, Novice or Nervous?

This page in Teaching History is for those new to the published writings of history teachers. Each edition takes a topic and then takes the reader through a summary of the conversations between history teachers that have already happened about that topic. It flags up key articles and is a very good place to go to avoid wheel reinvention! Thanks to @JJTodd1966 for this collation. New, Novice or Nervous list

HA podcasts

Don’t forget that HA members have access to a fantastic array of podcast from historians. Whatever you are teaching, whatever interests you, have a look… you might find it here!

HA pamphlets

HA members have access to a wide range of HA pamphlets. These are super for subject knowledge updating and for use as historical interpretations, for 6th formers as well as teachers.

Guided Bibliography for History Education

This bibliographical guide is primarily designed to support students of history education, particularly those conducting research into history education for the purposes of postgraduate study. A great deal has been written about the teaching of history in recent years, both within the United Kingdom and internationally. This guide attempts to bring some structure to what has been written, categorising publications by broad areas  within the field. Thanks to @mfordhamhistory for this work. Bibliography for History Education

BBC Radio 4 ‘Great Lives’

This is a biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives. Many of the lives presented are of people from the past and the discussion is both great for topic knowledge, but also sense of period and place. Thanks to @mrwbw for this initiative. Great lives in chronological order of birth and and in alphabetical order by period. The programme website can be found here.

BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time’

In Our Time is a discussion series exploring the history of ideas, presented by Melvyn Bragg. When the discussion is about a historical topic, a range of historians are included, making this great for teacher subject updating and also for able and interested students. Thanks to @mrwbw for this initiative. In Our Time History podcasts The programme website can be found here.

Exploring and Teaching Medieval History in Schools

Sophistication, respect and representation is the aim of this publication. Section 1 contains articles by historians introducing the period and its sources. There is a focus upon three central issues of medieval life and thought, four topics now widely taught at GCSE and finally two probably unfamiliar topics that reveal a great deal about the people of the fifteenth century. The rest of the publication consists of articles on the teaching of the Middle Ages, dealing with broad issues linked to planning for KS3 and GCSE. Work on how the Middle Ages can help students understand more about the process of studying history is also explored, and also ways of developing a more representative coverage of the period. Finally there are articles showing how teachers new to the period have been able to tackle teaching medieval history at A-level successfully. Thanks for the editing by @bearwithoneear The edition on the HA website  (Look out for a new free edition for the 20th century in 2019!)

And finally…

A list of Teaching History articles from Edition 91 to date can be found here. This G-doc is regularly updated. However, a printable version of the index to Dec 2018, with the MMO and NNN lists, is here in Word Doc: teaching history issues index

Do let us know of any other such initiatives we can add to this post. Meanwhile, all Teaching History articles referred to can be found at @histassoc

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