15 habits of great History teachers

By a History teacher, for History teachers
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

I'm delighted to present this online course; "15 habits of great History teachers".

This course contains 15 stand alone lectures, each detailing a different "habit" of great History teachers. Drawn from my 8 years experience as a History teacher in British state schools, working alongside inspiring and gifted colleagues, I came up with the list which has now formed the basis for this online course. Alongside videos, there are also many supporting documents including a KS3 2015 assessment matrix. The aim of the course is to help History teachers, old and new, prospective and accomplished, to reflect on and further develop their professional practice.

What are the requirements?

  • No additional software is needed before beginning this course
  • A passion for your own professional development will help!
  • A love for all things teaching and learning

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn new techniques and strategies for teaching History
  • Consider what makes for outstanding History teaching today
  • Become a more effective practitioner
  • Use each video as a discussion prompt with colleagues in departmental meetings

Who is the target audience?

  • Current History teachers interested in reflecting on their own practice
  • Prospective and trainee History teachers looking for a comprehensive introduction to some of the things great History teachers do

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome to the course

An introduction to the course; what are we going to be exploring?

Section 2: 15 habits of Great History Teachers

Challenge students with higher order questioning

In this video:

  • What makes a great question in History lessons?
  • What impact can good questioning have?
10 pages

A Level descriptor that can be used with History students at KS3 and KS4.


In this video:

  • Find out about the question generator activity and how it can be used in lessons
  • The importance of a "spirit of enquiry" in History

Fact finding/Enquiry templates


In this video:

  • Why thinking time is so important for students
  • Why thinking time is particularly crucial in History lessons

In this video:

How do you analyse sources in History?

How do you support students in source analysis activities

The questions to ask learners about sources


A Source Skills Audit that can be used to support students in their understanding of how to analyse historical sources.

1 page

Source Skills Mat

Questions to ask students when analysing a photograph

In this video:

  • Why is great story telling central to great History teaching?
  • Some examples of stories to use in class to engage students

In this video:

Why is understanding the work of a professional historian important?


In this video:

  • What is an historical interpretation?
  • How to teach "interpretations"
1 page

Lesson Starter for interpretations - whats in the picture? (rabbit and duck + saxophonist and womans face)


In this video:

Discussion on the importance of teaching the tough parts of History to teach


In this video:

  • Types of Assessment in History
  • Strategies for ensuring rigorous assessment
2 pages

A great activity from Kate Jones (@87history) suitable for use during a lesson plenary to gauge student understanding or to review previous learning.

Support students in their essay writing

In this video:

A discussion on the importance of educational visits


In this video:

Why quality is always more important than quantity


In this video:

  • What is DIRT?
  • Strategies for implementing DIRT
Download: DIRT templates (by Victoria Hewett)

In this video:

The virtues of watching other teachers teach


In this video:

Ways to think outside the box on assessment

Teach Challenging History
Section 3: History Teaching Handbook
History Teaching Handbook

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Instructor Biography

Thomas Rogers, Global Educator and Trainer

I'm Thomas Rogers, a passionate and experienced educator from the UK.

I started my professional teaching career as a High School teacher in 2008 and, at the age of 28, went on to become a Head of Department in one of the highest performing schools in the North West of England in 2013. In September 2016, I will take up the role of Head of History at O Castro International School in Spain.

I have founded, organised and co-hosted #TMHistoryIcons, the only national TeachMeet for History teachers in the UK. Its inaugural meeting took place in March 2016 in Chester and was attended by more than 100 teachers. I currently write a weekly column for the TES, the largest educational publication in the UK. 

I am the director of RogersHistory, an online educational platform which was used by more than 100 schools and 1000 students last academic year.

I try to bring my passion for teaching and learning into all my Udemy courses. The way in which my courses are planned reflects my current professional role and subject expertise. 

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