Active Learning on

Thank you for visiting ThinkingHistory.

The site was begun in 2004 to provide activities, ideas and resources for teachers (especially trainees and NQTs) seeking to broaden their range of teaching methods. The activities exemplify a range of strategies that require physical movement and involvement from students – living graphs, washing-lines, role-plays and many others. The aim of all the approaches described on the site is to deepen students’ historical knowledge and understanding. They work because they increase students’ motivation and interest and lead to students engaging in more constructive discussion of the people and events they’re studying.

If you’re visiting the site for the first time please note that the site doesn’t provide ‘quick-fix’ solutions for a lesson in 20 minutes time. All the activities need thoughtful preparation, tailoring them to the needs of individual classes. Good preparation gives everyone, students and teachers, more enjoyment and a greater sense of achievement.

Ian Dawson

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