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Welcome to Thinking History

The Ian Coulson Annual Bursary for Local History/Archaeology

The first teaching and learning materials from the Ian Coulson Bursary have been published, commemorating the work of a great history teacher, colleague and friend.

The project involved Year 9 students using the names on their local war memorial as the starting point for an investigation which culminated in them writing biographies of local soldiers who died in action during the First World War.

A teacher’s guide, student booklet and scheme of work can be freely downloaded from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust website HERE …

Ian Dawson

Exploring and Teaching Medieval History

If students can respect people of a time as different from our own as the Middle Ages, then perhaps there is more chance of them respecting people from different cultures today rather than instinctively interpreting difference as being inferior or a threat.

The HA publication Exploring and Teaching Medieval History was the first stage of my project, exploring alternative ways of approaching the teaching of medieval history, especially at KS3, aiming to give students a more representative picture of the period and greater respect for its people.

You can obtain the publication from The Historical Association website HERE …

And see a PDF of the two content pages HERE …
 

The Three Elements of the ETMH Project

Students' Perceptions of the Middle Ages: A summary of the project’s research element with suggestions and resources for investigating your own students’ ideas about the period is included HERE …
 

Articles and Discussions: This section provides discussions and articles on the teaching of the Middle Ages and will gradually build up HERE …
 

Resources for Use with Students: Links to resources for teaching about the Middle Ages already on this site (with additional resources added from 2019) HERE …

Latest Additions

• September Gleanings – a monthly guide to books and websites and other resources for teachers HERE …

• ETMH Project: Sitting on Cats: Helping students recognise that people in the Middle Ages were as real as us HERE …

• ETMH Project: Assumptions that strangle students’ understanding of the Middle Ages HERE …

• ETMH Project: A sense of direction HERE …

• A guide to reading on The Wars of the Roses for new teachers of A level HERE …

• An introductory guide to reading about the Middle Ages for new teachers HERE …

Latest Additions

September Gleanings – a monthly-ish guide to books and websites and other resources for teachers HERE …

ETMH Project: Sitting on Cats: Helping students recognise that people in the Middle Ages were as real as us HERE …

ETMH Project: Assumptions that strangle students’ understanding of the Middle Ages HERE …

ETMH Project: A sense of direction HERE …

Coming Next

Teaching about periodisation at KS3

About Thinking History

About Ian Dawson, the genesis of this website and contact details HERE …

The ‘Introduction and Highlights’ section provides a guide to the aims and content of the site HERE …