Monday, 9 February 2015

H - History is key to all studies #28daysofwriting

H- History

I have always loved History, from watching Indiana Jones, to learning about the complexities of the 20th century. History is such a rich topic that allows you to explore the world, understand the past and be able to make connections between events, places and people. History is my favorite teaching area, it is wonderful seeing how students react when they make the connections between events of the past and their modern world. Everything is inter-connected, and history allows us to explore this and allows us to teach critical inquiry skills. 

The knowledge & understanding that students in History gain I believe places them ahead of their peers. Bold statement? Let me explain. History allows students develop advanced critical inquiry skills through conducting research analysis, then developing critical arguments about the past and making connections to the presents. Literacy skills improve with analysing, reading and writing about history. History can also be presented in multiple different formats that allows for creativity. These skills they learn are also transferrable to all other areas, from science, maths, languages to HPE.

This list from Thoughtful Learning links directly into History skills students develop:

What are 21st century skills?

Learning Skills

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Collaborating
  • Communicating

Literacy Skills

  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Technology Literacy

Life Skills

  • Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Social Skills
  • Productivity
  • Leadership

History should remain central in any students education to help them become more inquisitive, better at interpreting the world around them and be globally aware citizens.

Here are a few examples of my past students being creative:
Historical Fiction: Hatshepsut; Boudicca
Graphic Novel: The Saviour Queen
Creating documentaries:

Bonus: My Twitter Recommendations- Letter H
These educators have been part of my PLN for some time and it is fantastic to be able to connect with them, share ideas, be challenged and learn from one another.

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