The study of History provides students with great stories about people and civilisations from the past as well as the opportunity to develop critical thinking and analytical writing skills. This online course will provide teachers with practical strategies for teaching History students from Year 7 through to Year 12 the essential skill of source analysis. The course will also focus on helping teachers to develop the writing skills of their students. Furthermore, participants will be provided with opportunities to mark a selection of student sample scripts and to receive feedback on the marking process. This course is suitable for all teachers of History (all states and territories), Years 7-12. This course will run over 6 weeks.
Secondary School History teachers – all states and territories
A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.
This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.
|08/05/2017||Online||Places available||$269 + GST||Enrol Now|
-Types of historical sources
-Basic tools for analysing historical sources
-Usefulness and Reliability
-Sample source analysis task & Marking guidelines
-Marking sample source analysis responses
-Interpretation vs. Core Narrative
-In-class Strategy Trial 1
-Writing Skills for History
-Marking sample student paragraphs
-Sample essay writing task
-Marking sample essay responses
-Design an essay scaffold
-In-class Strategy Trial 2
-Share feedback on In-class Strategy Trials 1 & 2
Please note the feedback listed here is unfiltered, and includes all comments and ratings collected.
I found this course very useful and practical.
This course provided me with extra resources and great activities I could use in the classroom to help students improve on their source analysis. The forums were also great to converse with other colleagues and bounce ideas off each other. It is always interesting to hear what other schools are implementing.
This course was useful for teachers just starting out and giving ideas as to how to look at source analysis. I was hoping to get a more deeper analysis of sources and perhaps a course for senior students and source analysis might be of interest in future years.
I really enjoyed the self-paced aspect of this course as I could access when I had the time to commit to the work. I learned new strategies and enjoyed reading the feedback from other participants as this enabled me to extend my own thinking about strategies that I use in the classroom.
I would rate this course to be very good. I like the marking keys and hope to implement something similar in my school.
The logistics of accessing the course online were good – the explanatory documents were helpful.
I found this course to be particularly helpful, as I teach Years 7-9 only. We introduce the questions slowly and don’t do all the questions at once, so I found it useful to look at all the questions together. The course was not difficult for someone like me who does not teach upper school, which I had been afraid of.
I would have liked to have moderated both more sources and essays, but I realize time is always an issue.
I also found it useful to see other people’s opinions on the marking of source analyses. I found myself to be a hard marker, so it will be important for me to keep this in mind.
In terms of essay writing, I felt that I was on the same track as everyone else.
The course was well organized and practical. At times it felt a bit out of date. Perhaps some of the content needs to be updated to the new syllabus. In addition, it would have been valuable to spend more time examining how source analysis is done at an HSC level as this is what most teachers are worrying about.
Overall the course was interesting and easy to follow. I took away several good ideas which I have since implemented in Stage 5 and 6 classes.
Interesting course that gave great ideas ready for use in the classroom.
Clear delivery of materials; mostly useful strategies.
Overall I thought the course was well structured and easy to navigate. It required a good understanding of the subject of source analysis and used relevant ideas that I can use in my classroom.
As a first time teacher to High School after many years in Primary, I found it interesting to read other people’s feedback on the different tasks. It was gratifying that in general, my perception tallied with others in critiquing samples.
This course provided a relevant and easily applicable approach to source analysis which has been used to guide and
advance my students. The sharing of ideas by participants is insightful and encouraging. A great way to nail down two basic skills in History.
Brilliant resources and excellent delivery. Clear explanations and examples given.
Really helped me brush up on Source Work basics, having not taught a great deal of History in recent years.
Some interesting and useful ideas.
Great practical content. The core narrative and essay scaffold activities were very helpful and beneficial. Would highly recommend this course.
A great course! Loved it, I felt like I learned a lot. Exercises were fun and interactive.
An interesting course that I learnt some new approaches to History. However,
I would have appreciated feedback from course convenor on comments made in the forum sections.
This is the second time I have done this course and each time I take away one skill to develop with my students and share with my colleagues. Last course I focused on ‘perspective’ and the strategies that were part of the course. This time we are applying ADAM ANT and will workshop this and other suggestions made by fellow course participants who suggested other ways to analyze a cartoon.
Kim has been a Head of Department for 10 years. She has experience in leading a very small department of 4 history teachers and more recently a very large department of 17 HSIE teachers (History, Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Geography and Studies of Religion). She is an experienced teacher of junior and senior History and has delivered many professional development courses. In 2005, Kim was recognized with a NSW Quality Teacher Award. More recently she has been awarded a doctorate from Macquarie University, her research focused on historical fiction for children and young adult readers. She has a number of publications including, her book, ‘Re-visioning Historical Fiction for Young Readers: The Past Through Modern Eyes’.