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Subject Genius Blog: History
The primacy of the printing press in medicine through time
Many moons ago, the wheels of Fortuna both rolled in an upwards spiral. I was 27, working in the Middle East, and my Texan housemate, a man...
6th September 2017 at 13:59
Celebrating Indonesian Independence
On August 17th, 1945, Indonesia proclaimed it’s independence from the Netherlands. Every year we mark the 17th August with a day of...
10th October 2016 at 15:01
New faces, same history
I teach at an international school in Jakarta, and our term starts early. By July 16th we are back at school for meetings and preparation,...
4th October 2016 at 16:17
The end of a level playing field? A Moneyball moment to change the game
Michael Lewis’ 2003 book Moneyball is a study of the baseball team the Oakland A’s and their General Manager Billy Beane. Beane along with...
31st May 2016 at 15:01
“What would have happened if?”
As a history teacher, I have often wondered “what would have happened if?”, and so have the children I have taught. One of the most common...
11th April 2016 at 16:59
“I am a product of long corridors”: Opportunities for active learning in history
Another year, another Inset – this time on Active Learning and its benefits in subjects like history. “Spend time letting your students...
26th January 2016 at 15:01
Mao’s Cultural Revolution via Twitter
The new Key stage 4 specifications have some interesting options, although some of these had already been available previously. The...
17th September 2015 at 16:30
History by Hollywood may be bunk – but don't write it off
How good are films at conveying history? Ask any history teacher and you'll probably get a pretty negative response. Films are there to...
13th July 2015 at 13:43
Rethinking the teaching of the Norman Conquest for GCSE and A-level
All of the exam boards have now published draft specifications for the new History GCSE. The days of a 20 th Century-only syllabus are now...
2nd July 2015 at 11:35