"Sir, Can I..." - Developing choice in Historical Enquiry. SHP Conference 2013
“Sir, can I...?”
Developing choice in historical enquiry
School History Project Conference 2013
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Please add your views
to the ﬂipcharts
around the room
• Consider the limitations of some of our current practice so
that we can identify which ideas might work for us
• To investigate some possible models to encourage and allow
student choice in your class so that we can discuss their
• (To understand why you’d want to do so in the ﬁrst place so
that you can decide if you should have gone to another
• To have a go at designing a ‘tweeked’ unit so that we can
learn from experience and each other
• Who are you aiming at?
• How much choice to students have in what
tasks they complete
• Where are you pitching? Top? Middle?
• Does each student know where to go next?
• AfL + Feedback
• Lesson 1 - What do we remember about Medieval life? Textbook
challenge - what was different in Tudor times? (Homework:Visit a
museum or museum website - bring back a cool idea)
• Research project
• FURNITURE MOVE - What have we learned about the Tudors? what
have we learned about museums? Students get into groups (or work
alone) - make a proposal for a museum exhibit
• Produce the work! All had to be on display by the end of the lesson.
After school other teachers + students came to see. Photos taken
and posted online.
• Evaluation of their work.
• EBI - More time to produce exhibits. Display over a lesson to allow
them time to see each others work.
#4 - Create a class
website or book
#5 - “Who do you
think you are?”
Oral family history
Produce a family tree and
a family story