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The Single Paragraph Outline

Alongside a number of my excellent history colleagues, @MrsBallAP, @MrPattisonTeach and @HistoryKSS, I've been embedding The Writing Revolution by Hochman and Wexler into my practice this last 6 months. I've spent a lot of time looking at sentence level work,... Continue Reading →

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Booklets, a labour of love

Since the profession moved to remote learning in Spring there has been a notable increase in the discussions about booklets or workbooks on Twitter, with queries about their use, design and research around their benefits. There is also a glut... Continue Reading →

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I, We, You

Recently I shared one of my approaches to guided practice/modelling, using the I, We. You backwards fading approach. This example was from a Y11 lesson covering the 8 Mark Source Utility question in the early stages of student practice, when... Continue Reading →

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How do we revise for history?

A combination of using Twitter & working at a Research School, I have the wonderful opportunity to read and engage in the latest evidence and research based practice but often during readings, conferences and discussions I wonder how can I... Continue Reading →

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Marking Crib Sheet & Whole Class Feedback

Recently, I have been looking at our departments marking procedures and how best to be effective markers (obviously reducing workload is key!). I designed this crib sheet as a way to provide quicker feedback to the whole classroom rather than... Continue Reading →

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CPD: Explanation

I've been lucky enough this year to have an increased role in supporting our new staff at MCHS during this strange. I've become an NQT mentor again (to non historian, which is really interesting), I'm involved in the Ambition Institute's... Continue Reading →

GCSE Options Handout

As we are doing remote GCSE options this year, we’ve been tasked with creating a simple one page handout for students and parents. We are doing a live ‘Teams’ chat with parents and students to discuss any questions but I... Continue Reading →

Parental Engagement in Y11

Having trialled a version of a 'How to support your child through Y11' handout to give out at parents evening, I've continued it again this year with some additions. I've always thought about improving parental engagement and it is something... Continue Reading →

Breakfast Jam – Visualisers in the classroom

Today I had the opportunity to present at our in-school CPD sessions called Breakfast Jams on how I have been using visualisers throughout the history classroom & my thoughts going forwards. I must say a big thanks to Susan Strachan... Continue Reading →

Whole Class Feedback & Crib Sheet Handout

As part of our first Meols Cop High Research Conference I finally had the balls to speak about the Crib Sheet & whole class feedback after a 18 months of refining it. Below is the handout I produced to accompany... Continue Reading →

Full Cycle – Saying goodbye to Year 11

As we come to the end of the school year, I find myself at the end of my first ‘full cycle’ – taking a class of students through from Year 9 to 11 where they have sat their final two exams in history. For some this is the end of their history education, for others […]

Knowledge Organiser Breakfast Jam

Another 'Breakfast Jam' that I presented in was our ongoing use of Knowledge Organisers in history. Below are the slides used in the reflections and discussions of our trial so far.   Breakfast Jam Knowledge Organisers  

Marking Crib Sheet Breakfast Jam

Last week I presented at a school 'Breakfast Jam' (T&L sharing sessions) on my findings so far after using the marking crib sheet and using verbal feedback for coming up to one year. Below is the ppt. slides on what... Continue Reading →

Assessment Crib Sheets

Following on from the marking crib sheet, I have begun to use an amended version for assessments, the Assessment Crib Sheet. Whilst this is still in the development phase (as to what needs to be included), I thought I would... Continue Reading →

Knowledge Organisers

So, a new focus for me and my department this year has been Knowledge Organisers. I attended a seminar at the SHP conference this summer about knowledge and one of the parts they introduced was the use of Knowledge Organisers,... Continue Reading →

Assessment Feedback Sheet V2

Having used assessment feedback sheets last year in conjunction with my code marking, I thought it was time for a rework after some inspiration from @geographia I made some improvements. Please example and explanations   Please find free copy of... Continue Reading →

DIY Visual Hexagons

I really love @Jivespins's Visual Hexagon idea, and having seen someone else drawing on blank hexagons I thought about trying DIY visuals hexagons with classes. Very simply, pupils design their own visual hexagons and then annotate/link to explain the topic... Continue Reading →

Revision Bookmarks

As part of my revision packs for Y11, I created a version of the popular bookmark that contained simple exam question guidance and QR codes to relevant videos created by @bennewmark @MrAllsopHistory @worcesterjonny. Simple printed and laminated - you may need to fiddle... Continue Reading →

Make or Bake Homework

Our NQT @@ctaylorhistory came up with this excellent project for our KS3 students; Make or Bake! Simply, students are given the choice to make or bake a historical artefact based on a topic we have studied (the Romans and WW2 above),... Continue Reading →

‘The basics’ sheets for revision

After inspiration from our geography department and the fantastic @Mawhinney, I decided to make these 'basics' sheets for Y11 for the final push in the day/morning of the exam. Handed them out Friday and the guys were receptive! Please find attached... Continue Reading →

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