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2018 State Examination Timetables
The 2018 state exams for History are on Wednesday 13th June:
Leaving Certificate Timetable 2018
Junior Certificate Timetable 2018
#HISTEDCHATIE is a new twitter hashtag for history teachers, educators in Ireland. Purpose is to share ideas, resources, and promote a stronger sense of fellowship among Irish history teachers. Please use and share!
Flashcards are a very effective tool for helping students retain knowledge. This is a particularly useful strategy for history. Below is a student guide to using flashcards. This can be downloaded and printed.
Download and print guide:
Exit slip: Facebook status update
Exit slips help students reflect on what, and how they learn. A few minutes before the lesson concludes, the teacher gives the students a verbal prompt. Examples:
Below is a Facebook status exit slip. These are distributed. Students follow the prompt and compose their thoughts. The teacher collects the exit slips and uses them to help plan the next lesson.
They could be put on display and used as an aid to recap what was learned in the last lesson.
Below is a resource for planning a leaving cert history essay using topic sentence.
A topic sentence indicates the theme of a main body paragraph. The main themes of the essay should be signposted in the introduction. Usually, it is the first sentence of a paragraph, but not always. For example, it could be the last sentence of the previous paragraph. One topic sentence can be used for 1 or 2 main body paragraphs.
Having considered the question, draft a set of topic sentences. The essay should contain between 4 and 6 topic sentences. For each topic sentence, list approximately 4 key terms to be used in the development.
The conclusion can briefly summarise the main points of the essay. However, in order to go beyond summary marks , you must do more. I advise asking a question that will illicit an independent thought drawn from the facts in the essay.
Once the plan is complete, begin writing your essay using information from your textbook, notes and online resources.
For more tips on leaving cert history essay writing, refer to this target sheet.
Compose a Tweet
Compose a Tweet is a plenary activity. Students tweet about the learning using 140 or 280 characters e.g. a new fact from today's class you found interesting. They add a suitable hashtag at the end which links to the learning.
Two printable templates below. One for 140 characters, and a second for 280 characters.
Match-up exercises are a simple and effective way to check that students understand the meaning of key terms. They are especially useful for learning history. Teacher created match-ups are good, student created match-ups are better.
Below is a blank template that can be printed, copied and given to students. Students work in pairs. The student selects 6-8 of the most important key terms from the learning. The student then constructs an explanation for each. Once the match-up is ready, it is given to his/her partner to complete. The student will assess the work and give feedback.
The teacher should interact with the pairs as they work, giving advice, answering questions and noting how well the students are matching key terms with explanations. Are there key terms that are proving difficult?
Once the pairs are finished working, the teacher should take whole class feedback. Note chosen key terms on the board in the form of a word cloud. Students share any key terms they were/are unsure of. The teacher circles these for emphasis, and for further discussion. Use the word cloud to elicit verbal explanations from individual students.
Once the students are happy that they can explain each of the key terms, the class moves on with the learning.
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Christian O'Connor, history teacher, St. Mary's Secondary School, Mallow, Co. Cork.
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