A introduction to historical geographical systems for history teachers

Thanks to PGCE trainee Gareth Owen (@GarethEROwen) for this post. Gareth has experience in historical geographical information systems (HGIS) from his time as a history postgrad. Here he explains how they can be useful for history teachers. On the HA websiteyou can find more ideas about using digital resources in the classroom. Do, please, get in touch to share your expertise in this area via blogpost … Continue reading A introduction to historical geographical systems for history teachers

Meet me in the (virtual) museum 

In these strange times, we want #OBHD to be a supportive place for all history teachers valiantly rising to the many challenges of teaching remotely online. We will keep posting regularly and do let us know what is most useful to you. It’s going to be awhile until we can indulge our history nerdiness in museums in person – with or without out pupils. However, … Continue reading Meet me in the (virtual) museum 

History gets you where you want to go!

There is a lot of work going on in departments to make sure that students understand how studying History can help them with their future careers. Employability is once more a buzz word! Corporate HA members can use all the materials on the HA website in the Careers with History section Here you will find articles about careers in all sorts of fields and how the … Continue reading History gets you where you want to go!

Intersecting history in school – the ‘slot-in’!

Ruth Lingard and Helen Snelson have been leading York area teachers and University of York PGCE trainees to deepen their knowledge of stories from the past that are too often absent from the history classroom. Here they offer the ‘slot-ins’ made so far as a way to help history teachers make the history curriclum more representative of the many, many people who lived in the … Continue reading Intersecting history in school – the ‘slot-in’!

Reading list with reviews!

Subject knowledge updating is enjoyable and a huge challenge in a busy teacher life. There are fantastic initiatives, such as The History Teachers’ Book Club which featured in a previous post, which make this more collegiate. Connected to this, some historians are super generous with their time and engage with history teachers on social media and at conferences. Nevertheless, there can’t be many of us … Continue reading Reading list with reviews!

‘We hear your voices too!’ – shared resources

Last week the History Department at Abbey School (@theabbey_hist) posted some images on Twitter. They have generously agreed to share these. With the theme ‘We hear your voices too!’ they have adapted famous images to bring forward the people in the pictures whose voices are less often heard from the past. Have a look, the effect is fantastic. Used as a display, they make a … Continue reading ‘We hear your voices too!’ – shared resources

Spice up your sources!

This short blogpost is to draw your attention to source collections being produced by EUROCLIO on their Historiana website. The HA is a founding member of EUROCLIO – the European Network of History Educators. They exist to support and promote high quality history education in Europe and beyond. Richard Kennett and Helen Snelson are currently the HA’s reps and Rich has written a previous blogpost … Continue reading Spice up your sources!

BHM – Medicine Through Time – African Women and the British Health Service, 1930-2000

We will be posting a series of posts about topics relating to Black History Month and promoting great resources out there. At the HA we are concerned to support history teachers as they seek to teach in a way that better represents the past. Have you got your hands on the most recent copy of Teaching History yet? In addition articles that explain inspiring practice, … Continue reading BHM – Medicine Through Time – African Women and the British Health Service, 1930-2000

Free 20thC Britain timeline

Sometimes on #OBHD we get the chance to share quality resources that colleagues have made. Thanks to Mary Brown (@MissBHist) for this one: C20th overview card sort      C20th overview glossary It’s designed to address the themes of: conflict, empire, ideas and beliefs, migration, everyday life and power across the century. It’s been planned for one lesson and every image/event covers more that one of … Continue reading Free 20thC Britain timeline

Revisiting Chartism: The importance of teaching about the ‘Black Man and his Party’

The Secondary Committee at the HA is keen to challenge and support all history teachers to teach about the rich and multi-faceted past. Gemma Hargraves (@History__Girls) has written this blogpost to help colleagues teaching Chartism. In it she provides some interpretations and ideas for resources. As she says: “this isn’t just about pupils seeing themselves in the narratives of the past; be they working class, black … Continue reading Revisiting Chartism: The importance of teaching about the ‘Black Man and his Party’