Tag: History Teachers

Teach History to Foster a Love of History

Three types of people baffle me. People who say they don’t have time to read, people who don’t like magic, and people who say they find history boring. 1. Always prioritise reading over housework, 2. Magic is literally the impossible made possible, and 3. How can the story of the world and everything in it …

Who is Faith Bandler?

I am, at the moment, doing research into the 1967 referendum to change the Australian constitution, in order to make some civics and citizenship learning resources. I was lucky enough, through my local library website, to find a interview with Faith Bandler. Mrs. Bandler campaigned both for the ‘yes’ vote for the referendum, and for …

The Learning Pit

I had never heard of the Learning Pit until my eldest son started primary school, but I like it. As teachers, educators, and parents we both see the children in our lives enter the learning Pit (or refuse to enter) and come out the other side, and we experience the learning Pit ourselves.

History is Written By…

Have you heard that saying, “history is written by the winners”? It means that, ultimately, the version of events that is recorded and passed on is created and sanction by those who have the power. We see this all the time in history – how often is it written by men, giving us a skewed …

Ancient Egypt

Is there any more mysterious and enthralling period than the time of the Ancient Egyptians? A civilisation that grew up along the fertile banks of the Nile river and spanned three thousand years, Ancient Egypt has been a puzzle for modern historian to solve over centuries. And it’s not just the pyramids and the hieroglyphs …

Hopeful History

History can be…confronting. There are, undoubtedly, many dark moments in history. For those of us living in the present it can be difficult to reconcile the past with what we think and feel today. Certainly, it’s much easier to talk about dinosaurs (and who doesn’t love a dinosaur) then it is to talk about colonialism, …

A History Teacher’s Guide to Self-Care

History teachers are in a unique position. History is about human stories. Far more important than names and dates, history lessons are about helping students explore the experiences of the people that went before them. This is essential, in our opinion, for helping children and young adults become invested, effective, and compassionate global citizens. But …