‘What were the women doing, Miss?’ Bringing an under-represented group into a Significance study of the Industrial Revolution with Year 9

This is one in a series of weekly blog posts in which I show how a journal article or book has inspired me to improve my teaching practice. Each post ends with a practical resource or activity. Today I show how an article by Christine Counsell (2016) inspired me to improve my study of working conditions during the industrial revolution with…

Teachers’ journal clubs? An exercise in integrity

This is the last in a series of weekly blog posts in which I show how a journal article or book has inspired me to improve my teaching practice. Each post ends with a practical resource or activity. Today I show why our first journal club meeting, based on a book by Christodoulou (2017) and recommended to…

‘This extract is no good, Miss, because the historian didn’t include X or Y’. Helping post-16 students to express their ideas about the construction of an historian’s argument

This is the third in a series of weekly blog posts in which I show how a journal article or book has inspired me to improve my teaching practice. Each post ends with a practical resource or activity. Today I show how the classic text What is History? by E.H. Carr (1961) and an article by Fordham (2014) inspired me to try and improve…

‘But you never taught us that, Miss!’ Thinking about how to prepare Key Stage 3 pupils for their end-of-year exams at the beginning of the academic year 

This is the first in a series of weekly blog posts in which I show how a journal article or book has inspired me to improve my teaching practice. Each post ends with a practical resource or activity. Today I show how an article by Nick Dennis (2016) inspired me to improve my planning of assessment activities, a year in advance,…