15 habits of great History teachers
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15 habits of great History teachers

By a History teacher, for History teachers
4.2 (50 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
180 students enrolled
Created by Thomas Rogers
Last updated 4/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 6 articles
  • 5 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
  • 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

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.

Who this course is for:
  • 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
Course content
Expand all 27 lectures 01:14:33
+ Introduction: Raising attainment in History
1 lecture 16:54

An introduction to the course and some ideas about raising attainment in the history classroom.

Preview 16:54
+ Welcome to the course
1 lecture 01:44

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

Introduction: The Starting Point
+ 15 habits of Great History Teachers
24 lectures 51:56

Challenge students with higher order questioning

In this video:

  • What makes a great question in History lessons?
  • What impact can good questioning have?
Challenge students with higher order questioning

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
Encourage enquiry by asking students to generate their own questions

Fact finding/Enquiry templates

Download: Enquiry templates

In this video:

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

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

Disect sources with and for students

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

Source Skills Student Audit

Source Skills Mat

Download: Source Skills Mat (by Victoria Hewett)
1 page
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
Tell a good story

In this video:

Why is understanding the work of a professional historian important?

Put understanding the work of a “real” historian at the centre of learning

In 2017, my year 9 class in Spain had the opportunity to interview military historian Paul Reid. I think the use of video tech is a much under used resource when it comes to engaging with academic historians and this "live interview" was really impactful with students who still talk about it to this day. Many historians are willing to get involved in similar projects - approach them via twitter or their publicists.

You can see the other interviews with Paul (this was Part 1) over on my Youtube channel - RogersHistory.

Interviewing an historian

In this video:

  • What is an historical interpretation?
  • How to teach "interpretations"
Preview 04:22

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

Download: Initial Visual Stimuli for a lesson on interpretations
1 page

In this video:

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

Don’t shy away from “horrible” History

In this video:

  • Types of Assessment in History
  • Strategies for ensuring rigorous assessment
Ensure assessment is rigorous and relevant

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

Download: The Emoji Exit Ticket (by Kate Jones)
2 pages
Support students in their essay writing

In this video:

A discussion on the importance of educational visits

Visit actual places

In this video:

Why quality is always more important than quantity

Convince students that it’s always quality over quantity that matters

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

Watch other History teachers teach

In this video:

Ways to think outside the box on assessment

Preview 05:54
Teach Challenging History