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.