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Beyond essays and exams: Other assessment ideas for the History classroom

Ideas for history assessment tasks
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Primary or secondary sources: which are more reliable?

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Why History teachers should (and should not) be worried about the rise of AI programs

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The dangers of ignoring the humanities: What happens when students don't choose them in high school

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How have other cultures measured time?

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AD/BC and CE/BCE are not the only ways to count years

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7 tips to improve your academic writing

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The difference between opinion and perspective

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What is the difference between 'opinion' and 'perspective' in historical sources?

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The difference between explicit and implicit information in sources

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The difference between ‘history’ and ‘the past’

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What is the difference between usefulness and reliability?

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How to answer a “to what degree/extent” essay question

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The problem of ‘perspective’ in the History classroom: we cannot seem to agree on what it means

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Both students and teachers are confused about ‘perspective’

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After one week of remote teaching, these are the things I’ve learned

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I taught students to read hieroglyphs and they loved it

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Teaching codebreaking, problem solving, and teamwork

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Why don’t you start history research with a hypothesis?

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A solution to student frustrations with history research tasks

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Most History teachers struggle to teach centuries correctly

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Most History teachers struggle to teach centuries correctly and we must work together to fix it

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IOP CAM - A Handy Acronym for Source Analysis

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It has never been easier, nor more important, to study history than right now

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Historically Inaccurate Things that Made Me Love History as a Child

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What's the Difference Between Perspective and Bias?

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No Pens, No Paper, No Problems: The Fully Digitised Classroom

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A Guide to Teaching Essay Structure

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Prevent students from 'telling a story' in their essays by helping them understand how arguments work

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The Best Advice I Received as a New Teacher

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Awesome Free Windows Apps for Every Educator

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Over this time, I have collected a list of awesome apps which I use on a regular, almost daily, basis. Each of them has helped to streamline my teaching and has opened up new ways to engage students with my lessons.


If you’re looking at digitising your own classroom, I hope that these help you as well.


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What’s the Difference Between Source Analysis and Evaluation?

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When using historical sources in class, both teachers and students know that they need to ‘analyse and evaluate’ them.


But what do these two words mean? What is the difference between ‘analysis’ and ‘evaluation’?

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A Teacher's Experience with the Surface Go

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A Day in the Life of a History Teacher

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As a History teacher, I believe I have one of the best jobs in the world. Every day I get to share my passion for the past with hundreds of students and I never grow tired of seeing people become fascinated with all of the crazy and impressive things that humans have done over thousands of years.


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Two Days with Microsoft Education

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Why Bother Studying History?

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A Global Museum

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Constructive (Source) Criticism

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Do you feel like you should be doing more source criticism in your History lessons but not sure how? It can be surprisingly simple to do!

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Letting Students ‘Choose Their Own Lesson’

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What if you gave students the choice of how to learn? What if you gave them options for how to complete a lesson?

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Microsoft Surface Vs Apple iPad in High School Classrooms

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