Bringing history alive

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The key to success is to keep students engaged during the lesson! We use AFL, Lower Order questions and Higher order questions to ensure that students are engaged during the class and that we pitching our classrooms for all levels!

However, keeping 30 students engaged at once is a tad tricker – especially in history when sometimes the topics (such as the plantations) are very broad and tedious.

One good way I have found to break up the lesson and keep students engaged with fun and relevant facts is through youtube channels such as horrible histories and historychannelforteachers.

Both have a whole host of youtube videos which can be used in the classroom and for short assessments as well.

Some examples I personally have loved using are the following.

Horrible Histories Rotten Romans Patrician Dining

The topic Ancient Civilisation outside of Ireland is one of the more interesting topics to teach out of the 1st year history curriculum.Thought there is the option between Greek and Roman – most schools tend to opt for the Roman option.

The patrician is a fun topic to teach as it’s filled with horrible and disgusting facts such as they had a vomitorium or they used the bathroom facilities while at the table. Also, eating with their fingers is also a crowd pleaser!

Taking a modern twist on music – Too late to Apologize Deceleration is also a 2nd year history topic I enjoy teaching because of this youtube clip.

It’s very well done and I highly recommended using it when teaching the Declaration as they do remember the different elements associated with the signing of the deceleration which they may not remember otherwise.

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                     Pop Up Cafe

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The Pop Up Cafe was a huge success with many students showing up for a cup of tea and a few biscuits. It was a good way for students to chat to teachers who were present. It was a lovely atmosphere were students got to talk to their friends while in school. There was no pressure for the students to rush through their lunch or have a test or homework hanging over them as they drank their tea!

Additionally, the seniors helped serve the tea giving the younger students a chance to chat and talk to them. This event has fostered a link between senior and juniors. Also, another positive that has come out of this is the seniors are getting a chance to reflect through their own years at school as they draw closer to closing their chapter at secondary school.

If you are planning to do a pop up cafe a few tips:

  1. Use paper cups – clean up becomes incredibly easier
  2. Have a biscuit or two for the students.
  3. Have an alternative for tea.
  4. Have it well advertised – even send out a text to the parents if this system is available in your school.
  5. Have a small activity prepared – a good one is human bingo were students interactive with people they may not have talked to before.
  6. Use a big space so students can move around without feeling on top of each other.

Overall I would highly encourage schools to try a Pop Up Cafe – try to keep costs minimal as well!