History Resource

Initially I feel a little silly writing a blog about a blog but i’m hoping it will all make sense. I discovered the history help recently when looking for help for students for people in history and to see if there were any interesting resources available on the plantations.

This is the link to the home page.




This is the home page above, from the tab on the left you can search for posts from the Junior or leaving cert course, the Junior cert course is divided into what year the topic is covered. So for example the work of the historian all the way up to the Renaissance is in the first year link. When you chose your period of study, for example third year you will be presented with all the topics that are generally covered in third year.



When you chose one of these tabs it will breakdown into even more options, I chose Home Rule. When you click into your option it will give you a brief description of the content, a sorted list of any previous exam question on this topic , in some cases tips for writing a people in history question on this topic and some helpful links.



There is also a section on leaving cert history which is extremely helpful. The resources section on the home page says ‘coming soon’ so unfortunately there is nothing there yet but the information and tips given in the blog are really useful.

One Sentence Story Starters.

Over the past week , just by the luck of the draw , have been covering a lot of English classes. Particularly a lot of first year English classes. Unfortunately around this time of year not only are they wired to the moon in preparation for Santa but they also might not have a lot of work to do. Rather than put myself through the torment of trying to figure out what questions in their books they were able for I looked for activities. Continue reading

Classtools resource : Star Wars

Often times when starting a new topic in history it can be difficult to find an interesting resource to introduce the topic to the class . I find the immediate instinct is to run for a horrible histories , which are fantastic there is no doubt about that, but sometimes you might feel like shaking things up a little bit. I don’t think I need to tell anyone about the upcoming star wars movie. I’m even more sure that there will be a number of die hard fans in the any given class at some stage. The ‘Movie Text ‘ resource on classtools.net essentially uses the opening text roll from the star wars movies which you can fill with your own text. This is excellent for giving context for the topic that you are about to study and situating the students in the period which they often find difficult. If you think the music will get them too riled up then do without to avoid chaos.



NCCA Key Skills and Web 2.0

ksfrontThis blog will look at how the NCCA Key Skills for Junior cycle can be blended with web 2.0.  The Key skill , ‘Managing information and thinking’ is the focus of this blog. The NCCA describes this skill as “This key skill helps learners gradually improve their capacity to search for information from different sources. They also develop their skills in judging and discriminating between information types and sources and they develop strategies for organising information so that they can understand it and use it later. Continue reading

Religion and Science: Intelligent Design

Intelligent Design is anotherdownloader theory that attempts to reconcile creationism and Darwinism in some way. The theory to many is controversial, it claims that features of the universe are best explained by an intelligent cause, therefore a creator. Scientists, scholars and philosophers who believe in intelligent design will seek to find evidence of design in nature, such as how certain organisms work like a machine, they believe this to be evidence of intelligent design, therefore a creator. Continue reading

Religion and Science: Richard Dawkins

downloadRichard Dawkins is possibly the most prevalent Darwinian enthusiasts. He is described as an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, writer and from 1995 to 2008 Dawkins was the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is generally percieved as a controversial figure when it comes to religion, in fact the guardian described him as a ‘Crusader of Atheism’ . His book ‘The selfish Gene’ deals with his work on Darwin’s theory of evolution and in many ways, he aims to fill in any blank spaces Darwin’s theory may have left.

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Using Paintings in the Classroom.

Now Its time to either bring the bible to life or bore some of you to tears. While I was on various placements I taught the context for the Junior cert syllabus. Throughout this topic I found famous paintings to be an invaluable resource. When I was in school I studied Art history for leaving cert as I’m sure many of you have and as i am sure you are all aware paintings can be extremely descriptive. They can tell a story. considering the wealth of religious paintings these lend themselves well to teaching key events in the bible. Continue reading

Pastafariansism not Rastafariansism

While students may think the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is hilariously endownloadtertaining it can also bring up some difficult questions. I would certainly not consider myself an expert on this moment however Wikipedia  describes it as…

“a social movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools. Although adherents describe Pastafarianism as a genuine religion, it is generally seen by the media as a parody religion.” Continue reading