Active Learning on www.thinkinghistory.co.uk

Welcome to Thinking History

With very occasional exceptions the material I’ll be adding to the site relates to the teaching of the Middle Ages. For full details of this work see the box below headed Exploring and Teaching Medieval History

Latest Additions

Medieval Lives Mattered: Helping Y7 look beyond the shadow of the Renaissance Exploring why it’s easy to underestimate the extent of change during the Middle Ages HERE …

Planning at KS3 – the problem of 1066 Does the concentration on the Norman Conquest risk omitting other events of equal or greater significance? HERE …

Building explicit understanding of historical periods into KS3 planning Ideas for introducing students to issues about periodisation – and not just about the Middle Ages! HERE …

A more intimate relationship with the past: Can researching your family history help make you a better history teacher?  Ten things I’ve learned from my family history since 1830 that would have been useful to me in teaching. HERE …

Ian Dawson

Exploring and Teaching Medieval History

This project explores alternative approaches to teaching medieval history, especially at KS3, aiming to give students a more representative picture of the period and greater respect for its people.

I am now building on the HA publication, initially with a series of articles on planning teaching of the period at KS3 as well as providing links to other resources and articles. New resources for teaching will be added later in 2019.

Full information about the project’s aims, resources and research into students’ preconceptions can be found HERE …

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 …

Exploring & Teaching Medieval History

Download it from the HA website HERE …

And see the contents pages HERE …