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Teaching how to think is just as important as teaching anything else

A new paper on teaching critical thinking skills in science has pointed out, yet again, the value of giving students experiences that go beyond …

Pedagogy

The Riegner Cable, and the Knowing Failure of the West To Act During the Shoah

When and how did authentic information about the Shoah first become known? The question has been discussed in detail in my book <i>The Terrible Secret</i> …

The Anatomy of Hell

Books discussed in this review<p>KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps<p>by Nikolaus Wachsmann<p>Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 865 pp., $40.00<p>Before …

Was the US justified in dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War? You debate

For years debate has raged over whether the US was right to drop two atomic bombs on Japan during the final weeks of the Second World War. This …

Is Africa bigger than North America?

<b>Yes!</b> In fact, North America, including United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland, could easily fit inside Africa with plenty of room left to add …

Grant Wiggins on Edutopia | Edutopia

We were saddened to recently learn that Grant Wiggins has passed away. Grant was a remarkable educator and friend of Edutopia. Over the years, he …

George Lucas

Five psychological findings every history teacher should know

<i>This text is somewhere between what I planned to say and what I did say during my session at the Historical Association’s annual conference in</i> …

Reading List - David Didau

Obviously I’d be a fool not to recommend my own books, but these are some of the works which have inspired me to become a more thoughtful …

Top 20 principles from psychology for teaching and learning

The Coalition for Psychology for Schools and Education haves released a new report detailing what, in their opinion, are the most important and …

Hunting English

Top Ten Tips for Behaviour Management<p>Most of my posts are about teaching strategies, the curriculum or the odd political rant. I have written very …

What should written feedback look like?

To free a person from error is to give, and not to take away.Arthur SchopenhauerIn response to my last post, Cristina Milos pointed out that I use …

The fetish of marking

Even the most valuable fetishes will turn into dusts and ashes!<br>Mehmet Murat IldanFetishism hasn’t always been about rubber and high heels. The word …

Christopher Clark · How powerful was the Kaiser?: Wilhelm II

The career of the last German Kaiser is littered with effusions of this kind. They range from the gross and offensive to the bizarre or merely …

World History

Neal Ascherson · Hitler’s Teeth: Berlin 1945

Berlin itself is the only city I know which generates these gulfs in its own history. Stalin said that ‘Hitlers come and go, but Germany and the …

A guest post on (too much) Lecturing in HS History

<i>In a previous post, I posed the question – based on student survey data and my own observations over the years – why do HS history teachers lecture</i> …

Why do so many HS history teachers lecture so much?

Really, why do HS teachers lecture so much? Almost every HS I go to I see teachers talking and kids listening (or not) more in History than any other …

Political rhetoric makes a parody of remembrance

At Gallipoli, we never look beyond the gullies and ridges - "holding on at Anzac" has become a national obsession. The focus of commemoration is on …

German experience in Australia during WW1 damaged road to multiculturalism

<i>The Gallipoli centenary provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the many wartime legacies – human, political, economic, military – that forged</i> …

Australia

Gallipoli Could Never Define Australia Like This War Did

It’s a small sacrifice intended to recognise a far bigger one.<p>Every year, thousands of Australians pull themselves out of bed at dawn to brave the …

Australia

The Interpreter

CyberGrammar Homepage

Graduate School of Education<p>Welcome to CyberGrammar!<p>This site is designed to support and develop knowledge of grammar and to indicate its relevance …

Improving the formality of students’ writing – nominalisation

This blogging lark is really tricky to get off the ground! First of all, there is the inevitable dilemma about the topic for your first blog post and …

Teaching sequence for developing independence Stage 2: Model - David Didau

<b>Mis-targeted dog insurance law is another insult to the law-abiders</b><p>The first person I thought of when I heard dog-owners were going to be forced to …

Teaching sequence for developing independence Stage 1: Explain - David Didau

“Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog. You understand it better but the frog dies in the process.”<p>EB White<p>There are some definite pit falls to …

30 Reasons it’s Smart to Hire a History Student

<b>When my co-op advisor asked how my current job relates to my History degree, I didn’t know what to tell her.</b> Not because the job doesn’t relate to my …

The Rule of History

Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, and the hold of time.<p>The reign of King John was in all ways unlikely and, in most, dreadful. He was born in 1166 or 1167, the youngest of Henry II’s five sons, his ascension to the throne being, by the fingers on one hand, so implausible that he was not named after …

Monsters Together

The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939–1941<p>by Roger Moorhouse<p>Basic Books, 382 pp., $29.99<p>In the vast literature about Stalin and …

World History

The top 10 reasons why the Russian Revolution still fascinates us