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10 BALL GAMES: SUBVERSIVE TEACHING IN 21ST CENTURY. We innovate, constantly. We see the extraordinary in the everyday. We know that real education is about feeding the soul, not just passing exams. We sometimes see children with problems, we don't see children as problems. We re-draw the boundaries of the possible. We survive, despite the slings and arrows of outrageous policy. Freely sharing resources gives us time to do these things. Please help yourself, and play on.

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10 BALL GAMES: SUBVERSIVE TEACHING IN 21ST CENTURY. We innovate, constantly. We see the extraordinary in the everyday. We know that real education is about feeding the soul, not just passing exams. We sometimes see children with problems, we don't see children as problems. We re-draw the boundaries of the possible. We survive, despite the slings and arrows of outrageous policy. Freely sharing resources gives us time to do these things. Please help yourself, and play on.
League of Nations Abyssinia
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League of Nations Abyssinia

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Poem about the Italian invasion of Abyssinia plus additional factual material. Activity designed to generate knowledge about the Italian Invasion of Abyssinia, one of the 3 principle failures of the League in the 1930s (along with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria and the failure of the Disarmament Conference). Also included exam-style cartoon interpretation[Please note that any classification of this resource as related to the USA is generated by TES not me.]
WHY SO MANY WARS IN MIDDLE AGES? SOW
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WHY SO MANY WARS IN MIDDLE AGES? SOW

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Full SOW with resources, assessment and teacher notes. Covers Norman Conquest, Hundred Years War, Wars of the Roses. Main skills focus is understanding causation. Also includes interpretations work on Bayeux and Richard III.
Why did Germany surrender?
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Why did Germany surrender?

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Group activity - 'running dictation'. Teacher has flash cards on which are events that lead to the end of the war. One student from each group comes to the front and looks at the card for 30 seconds, has to remember it and then take it back to the group, who all record it. Full instructions provided with plenary activities. By the end students should know what happened and be able to explain why Germany surrendered
Y8 SOW Unit 1 Is absolute power possible?
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Y8 SOW Unit 1 Is absolute power possible?

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Half a term’s planning with resources. My y8 are investigating the theme of ‘power and protest’ this year (y7 is ‘lives of ordinary people’ and y9 is ‘conflict and resolution’ - these are the themes i have chosen in line with the new KS3 national programme of study). This is the introductory unit. so far my students are loving it. its not content heavy, as it allows for much discussion in class. am pursuing the ‘do less, more effectively’ concept with my planning this year!
How to decode a history question
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How to decode a history question

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Guide for students to help them work out what is being asked in a history exam question and recognise the basic structure of the answer required. [to help them write the answer, see 'how to help students write essays' on TES]
AQA Unit 1 Option G: Germany from Bismarck to Weimar
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AQA Unit 1 Option G: Germany from Bismarck to Weimar

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This is just an outline of the constitution, with some appropriate historiographical quotes included. Its mainly taken from Gordon Craig Germany 1866-1945 Chapter 2. As background prep we did an exercise on the state of germany in 1871 after unification, then had a discussion of what type of constitution would be necessary, thinking about key areas of policy such as the economy, control of the military, social measures (education/health), etc and deciding whether these should be under national or regional control. we also discussed whether we would have a parliament with representation or whether it would be run autocratically as the individual states had been previously. Students basically came up with all this anyway, so these notes were consolidation and the basis for a discussion on the nature, strengths and weaknesses of the constitution. also attached sets of notes for students; synthesised from various books
AQA Unit 6 A2 The Holocaust - various
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AQA Unit 6 A2 The Holocaust - various

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1. historiographical spectrum - students read the summaries of historians’ views and decide where to plot those historians on a spectrum of intentionalist to functionalist and on a spectrum of responsibility for the holocaust 2.chronology exercise - students to identify 4 phases of nazi policy towards the jews by identifying turning points. 4 suggested phases are discrimination, physical attack, physical segregation, genocide. Terminology can obviously be varied by teachers 3. Nuremberg Laws notes 4. Kristallnacht notes both 3 & 4 used as basis for students to consider significance of the phase of ‘aryanisation’ 1933-1939. students to create a diagram suggesting causes and consequences of Nuremberg Laws and Kristallnacht and also to create summary of significance of the whole phase. 5. Summary notes on the period 1933-1939 6. Summary notes on the period 1939-1941 (poland - barbarossa) 7. (added april 9th) summary notes from launch of barbarossa to wannsee conference - again, a synthesis of the required reading for aqa a2 unit 6, so includes lots of historiography 8. added 17 april 2008 - set of notes on wannsee conference and death camps, includes copy of the wannsee protocol
Winning the war and losing the peace
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Winning the war and losing the peace

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Students use (differentiated) set of cards provided to investigate the consequences of World War I. They use this information to create a circles diagram to explore how the war was won, but the peace was lost. Notes provided about how to construct the diagram.
Mary Queen of Scots Story - Visual Memory Exercise
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Mary Queen of Scots Story - Visual Memory Exercise

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The teacher tells the story of Mary, Queen of Scots dramatically with visual supports. Then provides students with a jumbled chronology as consolidation, which can be stuck in their books, or collected in and a single sheet with the correct chronology on it provided (depending on the class!). Is designed to appeal to visual learners and develop listening skills for all. Is enjoyable and useful lesson and sets the context for the ‘what should Elizabeth do with Mary’ debate.
From Schlieffen Plan to Stalemate
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From Schlieffen Plan to Stalemate

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Dice-based game. Objective of the game is to 'be Germany and avoid stalemate'. Students will explore how stalemate developed and counter-factual alternatives and, therefore, be able to identify turning points. Follow up activities provided
Edward VI - spaced learning overview activity
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Edward VI - spaced learning overview activity

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Although this is all on one powerpoint, I used it in 2 halves, as an intro to Somerset and then as an intro to Northumberland. Spaced learning works on the principle of repeating an activity to enhance recall. I do the first run through explaining the content. then there is a 5 minute break for juggling (or simon says, or…) then we repeat - they give as much info as they can and I clarify through questions or reminders break 3rd and final run through they have to give me all of it - I sometimes run this as a competition ‘me vs. them’ - every time I have to tell them something they lose a point from a starter of 10 and I gain one from a starter of 0. Lastly they need to test themselves independently - you can do this by a written ‘quiz’ or by giving them a copy of the ppt slides and requiring them to annotate them