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    I like history as a subject but I think there is something wrong with the way my teacher teaches it: In class we read through the textbook and she just talks and talks about it. She explains it well but there in NO interaction whatsoever, she almost NEVER asks us questions and we are forced to listen to her... I realise that this is probably how university lecturers teach their subjects, but there must be a better way of teaching it at A level since it is simpler. It takes her 15 minutes to talk about one paragraph and worst of all she repeats herself a million times. I guess this is the way to get it into our heads, especially those who don't study and her students do get good grades... But surely this isn't the only way to teach history... How do your teachers teach history a level?
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    Currently, we have two teachers, although I'd describe one of them as a lecturer. This is how lessons with our first teacher go:

    He walks in, glances around, marks the register and then starts talking, he might drop in some page references or something for the many different texts he's given us, he will fire questions at people, interact with students, encourage us to work together to break down concepts, and ideas, and encourage discussions between students around the area that we're studying.

    Our second teacher comes in, does the register by calling names, and either dictates notes, or does a PowerPoint slide show. It's really really basic, and it makes you feel like you're back in high school. She'll then read through texts with us, I know what you mean about your teacher, it can get very tedious.

    I definitely prefer the lecturer type teacher, he's encouraging us to work at skills such as taking notes, and breaking down arguments into digestable chunks.

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    My A Level History teachers are brilliant. Some of the lessons are like lectures with us taking notes, whilst the remaining lessons are used to ask questions, engage in debates and writing essays (whilst this is tedious it's very benificial).
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    my history teachers r exactly the same as yours
    one dictates notes and gets you involved in the lessons and asks you questions
    and the other is sooo boring, she gives out booklets and you sit there and she justs reads it to you and it doesnt matter if you listen or not.
    wat subjects r u doing for AS level history?
    im doing europe in the 19th century which is great
    and british politics which is mind-numbingly boring
    and now we have started the american civil war which seems ok
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    If you're v. bored. Read around the subject, that might help you engage more with it.
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    (Original post by pee wee)
    my history teachers r exactly the same as yours
    one dictates notes and gets you involved in the lessons and asks you questions
    and the other is sooo boring, she gives out booklets and you sit there and she justs reads it to you and it doesnt matter if you listen or not.
    wat subjects r u doing for AS level history?
    im doing europe in the 19th century which is great
    and british politics which is mind-numbingly boring
    and now we have started the american civil war which seems ok
    weimar and nazi germany and british imperialism.... they're all interesting but british imperialism kinda gets draggy.
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    (Original post by waiting2smile)
    If you're v. bored. Read around the subject, that might help you engage more with it.
    I'm not actually bored with history, history is a very interesting subject, just bored with the way the lessons are done.
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    I didn't do history as I felt that it was constraining my thoughts into one set pattern and timeframe, so I tend to read historical texts of events for enjoyment alone.
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    (Original post by 2776)
    I didn't do history as I felt that it was constraining my thoughts into one set pattern and timeframe, so I tend to read historical texts of events for enjoyment alone.
    History is a good GCSE to have I think.

    I would say the workload is pretty heavy.
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    My history teacher was great. He would ask questions like, "Are you a socialist?", "Would you have voted for the Nazis if you were starving?", "What would you have done in O'Neill's position", "Did the KPD have policies you could support?" etc.
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    (Original post by 2776)
    I didn't do history as I felt that it was constraining my thoughts into one set pattern and timeframe.
    interesting - history isn't supposed to do that. I love the subject to bits because it allows me to pursue my passion for investigating the past by retracing the steps that have led to our present circumstances
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    I'm doing the Weimar republic & Stalinist russia and on the british side, Protest & reform 1815 -51.......

    Has anyone started their course essays yet....? I get my Germany one next monday on the effects of WW1, then my britian essay comes out 18th march.....which I think is on Poor Law.....
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    I love history at A level cos u get to research the subjects alot more yourself and there done in much more depth.
    Both my teachers are fabby, do u only get one?
    I also get a lecturing one and a more interactive one, both are good in different ways. x
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    (Original post by piginapoke)
    Is A-level history all about modern history? I'm glad I didn't do it if it is.
    A lot of it is, however in AS the biggest unit goes back 400 years - it was fun studying Oliver Cromwell
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    (Original post by piginapoke)
    Is A-level history all about modern history? I'm glad I didn't do it if it is.
    Depends on what syllabus you do. I studied Renaissance Italy, the rise of Ferdinand and Isabella of Aragon and Castille in yr 12, then tudor England in yr 13. When I started History at uni this year we were doing modern and I was loving it
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    (Original post by piginapoke)
    Modern history holds no interest for me. If there was an ancient history course or the history course included the dark ages I would have done it.
    I think it may depend on the exam board, or the options the school picks to teach their students.

    It was like that at GCSE - One group did Ireland and Medicine through time, another did Cold War and medicine through time.
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    (Original post by bono)
    I think it may depend on the exam board, or the options the school picks to teach their students.

    It was like that at GCSE - One group did Ireland and Medicine through time, another did Cold War and medicine through time.
    we do russia, international relations up to WWII and we also do British politics, which is mostly just source so there is nothing to learn really, just interpratation...which is my best skill hehehe...my friend gets to study the arab-israeli conflict and the cold war as well as british politics...and of course we did the america study topic for coursework. Lucky him, it seems as though all he does is mostly political issues, i suppose thats what history is about really, just set in the past...
    ok my post is completley of the point, but whatever...
 
 
 
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