There’s nothing so contagious as enthusiasm. (S.T.Coleridge)

It might be history to some people but to us it’s family, pet (Alan Plater)

 

Teachers should adapt their teaching to help students learn,
not expect students to fit in with a teacher’s preferred way of teaching (Ian Dawson, often)

 

Active Learning on www.thinkinghistory.co.uk

Welcome to Thinking History

This site was set up in 2004 to provide history teachers with detailed descriptions of classroom activities and resources. Since 2004 the site has grown far more than I originally envisaged so for new visitors here’s a summary of what you can find in the different sections.

I do hope the site proves useful.

Ian Dawson

What can you find here on Thinking History?

Resources by KS, Period etc – this is the entrance to over 250 resources including descriptions of activities, textbook chapters, supporting PowerPoints and teachers’ notes. You can search via historical period, key stage or by overviews HERE …

Teaching Medieval history – this is the home of my recent work re-thinking how to approach teaching the Middle Ages at KS3. There’s articles on a variety of issues and classroom resources exemplifying the ideas HERE …

Articles – the home of a wide range of discussions on broad topics such as chronological understanding, the uses of story, developing independent learning etc. These include articles originally published in Teaching History and other journals HERE …

Raising Attainment – articles and classroom resources written in conjunction with Dale Banham explaining how Dale has gone about improving his students’ attainment through helping his students understand how to learn effectively - Visible Learning. Specific discussions include improving students’ communication, teaching GCSE themes and depth units and feedback and marking HERE …

Developing enquiry skills – discussing what we mean by ‘enquiry’
and why it’s important in learning, supported by exemplar activities and resources HERE …

Chronological Understanding – a gathering together of articles and resources which help students build chronological knowledge and understanding HERE …

Teaching Guidance – written for trainees and early careers teachers,
this section explores the aims of a variety of types of activity, classroom practicalities and the management issues associated with these resources HERE …

The Wars of the Roses – resources for teaching my favourite topic at A level HERE …

About Ian and Thinking History

I wrote the bulk of the material on the site, so you can find out a little about me (Ian Dawson), my professional background, my contact details and the genesis of this website HERE …

LATEST MATERIAL

Developing Students’ Chronological Knowledge and Understanding – my final, final go at writing about chronology HERE …

An introduction to the uses of stories in history teaching. Download the discussion directly HERE …

Why we should frame questions that explicitly suggest answers will be uncertain HERE …

Looking Back and Smiling: Some Experiences in History Teaching
c1973 to c2013 HERE …

Helping students communicate effectively (Final part, Part 3 now available) HERE …

Why was it such a surprise to have a Tudor king? HERE …

Medieval Lives: Chapters 1 to 4 (Revised) HERE …

When were the Middle Ages? HERE …

The Middle Ages: what happened when? HERE …

An introduction to ‘Takeaways’ and their central role in planning KS3 courses HERE …

Medieval Lives: Helping KS3 pupils begin to see the Middle Ages and its people as historians see them
HERE …