The importance of the subject history is teaching valuable skills, which are essential in this 21st century society. The amount of information that each and everyone of us processes on a daily basis is uncountable. Unfortunately, we are not -yet- sufficient in distinguishing reliable sources from inadequate ones. The inspiration from this lesson is directly derived from the clear cut lessons created by the Stanford History Education Group in which students have to compare and contrast information from a variety of sources.
There is a need for culturally competent teachers in as well North-America as Europe. The content of Culturally Responsive Teaching is sometimes hard to translate in practical lessons, especially learning engagements that are appropriate and relevant in European classrooms. However, I found a resource that provides educators with hands-on activities and teaching strategies that supports... Continue Reading →
At the end of the school year, there were some weeks left that I used to talk about role models with my grade 9. The inspiration for this mini-unit came from the music clip “Apesh*t” by Beyonce and Jay-Z in which the couple refers to the representation of black people in art. The mini unit initiated some tough conversations about power and privilege in the class, which taught me valuable lessons. The foundation of this mini-unit were worksheets based on the video in combination with background readings and the IB learner profile attributes.
The aim of Oral History is to preserve accounts that are not highlighted in the mainstream discourse due to a range of reasons. The voices heard through Oral History are stories not acknowledged or presented in dominant narratives, because these are perceived as insignificant or never captured. The aim of this Oral History project was exactly that: recording stories of people that are often forgotten or dismissed. The eventual end result was for as well teacher as students inspiring.
Something that is not always at the centre of teaching is metacognition; teaching students how to learn and to become independent learners. Within the international baccalaureate these fundamental skills are called Approaches to Learning Skills (ATL Skills) and they intent to be the foundation of each unit. This blog post discusses the making of a thinking portfolio based on the principles of Visible Thinking. The aim is to empower students by encouraging independent learning when providing them with thinking routines.