The Danger of the Single Story.

Show a people as one thing, only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become. Chimamanda Adichie.

History is a lot about stories, who writes them, who tells them, who reads them, how stories are spread and I could go on and on. As historians in the making, one of our main concerns will be not being satisfied by just one story, asking questions, reading sources to build the richest possible story.

After working on Chiumamanda’s words, students were asked to build a product based on THEIR single stories choosing from a variety of options shown in the Genially.

These are some of the products made by Senior 1. Enjoy!

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Welcome to our History Class!

Back at school, back at hanging out with friends, back at spending more time with our relatives, back at hanging out outdoors and even leaving home for short trips…in the last months there’ve been different “come backs” for us all following certain rules and being as careful as one can be so that we can all be safe BUT come backs after all. I’m sure you’ve felt the joy of every little moment when you could be with others face to face again. I have felt that joy myself and this last come back, the one of being at school again is one that fills me both with gratitude and great anticipation.

To say it in a nutshell, I believe we have to make the best out of this new year which also turns out to be a special year for you too since you’re starting secondary school.

We’ll be learning History, world History together. In the genially below you’ll see what this subject will be about.

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Essay Writing…from a distance!

No matter how much you try to stretch it…the moment to take the step towards essay writing has come for my Senior 1 students. Some are grateful to finally take the challenge others dread the moment.

Thanks to Loom and the creativity from our Design Lab team, I managed a simple yet valuable (I hope) tutorial for my students to feel more confident in their writing.

Now, it’s time to wait and see how efficient the tutorial has been after my students write their essays. The bright side of all this, because there must be a brightr side, is that I am creating content that I will be able to recycle, I am learning about new apps and tools and there’s room for reflection on habits of teaching and methods that will certainly make me grow.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” 

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Looking Back – The Start of the Cold War.

The “lockdown” is a special moment for all of us this year. It was unexpected and it has demanded quick and big changes from all of us, our families, even the world around us. 

As regards our classwork, I believe this situation has made us work in a different way. The challenge of working and learning is a big one and it’s my impression that YOU have been up to it so nicely. I’m proud and happy to be teaching you this year.

We have completed a unit of work and have successfully tackled the complexities of the start of a new type of war: The Cold War. Therefore, I would like you to take a few moments to look back at the work we’ve done so far. In the presentation below, you will see what I would like you to do.

Find the LINK in the image! 😉

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Understanding the Origins of the Cold War.

In this post I’ve decided to publish a selection of material you produced in Google Classroom so that the class can have access to some especially good work.

You will also find a presentation with the wonderful questions you generated from watching the Cold War documentary. I hope you’ll find that helpful.

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The Short Term Causes of WW1. The Moroccan Crisis. (17/3 – 18/3 – 25/3)

Hello Everyone!

Our present circumstances have asked us to change our plans for school, for social activities, for sports and the list could go on and on.

Still, there’s a lot of good that can come out of this situation. To a certain extent, we all need to “embrace” the current situation and hope for the best.

For both our classes, today and tomorrow, we will beworking in Google Classroom. A few minutes before our class, I’ll be sharing the class with you.

As I explain in our Google Classroom, I’ve planned a recap activity for today.  It’s quite simple, I’ve created an online form with questions on the Long Term Causes of the war that we studied plus the complete Moroccan Crisis.

We can do it!! 😉

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The Cold War Begins.

Hi Everyone!

As from today and until March 31st, we will be working online in a “distance mode”. As you know, we shall work in a synchronic manner meeting virtually every Monday and Friday from 2.25 to 3.45pm.

I have decided to organise our work via Google Classroom and by the time our class begins, you should all have been invited to our class on the Origins of the Cold War.

Let’s make the most out of this experience. 😉

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Más ejemplos para pensar clases a distancia.

En el colegio Mirabal de Madrid compartieron algunas maneras en las que sus profesores organizaron las clases a distancia.

Pueden verlas en este link.

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Un ejemplo usando “Thinglink”

Thinglink es una aplicación que pueden haber usado antes. Es bastante sencilla y amigable, básicamente nos permite intervenir imágenes de varias maneras. En el ejemplo que comparto a continuación un profesor la usó para compartir las consignas de un trabajo en orden.

Sobre esta imágen, el profesor español Alfredo Hernando @alfredohernando diseñó una muy buena actividad que pueden ver acá.

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Why did WW1 begin?

We are now about to plunge into one of the main topics of this year:


No historical event is the result of only ONE  cause, that is why we shall be considering the main causes.

In this post we will collect different types of material related to the causes of WW1. 

We shall start by watching a Kahn Academy video on the Empires before WW1. 

Empires before World War I: Austria-Hungary. Ottoman empire. British, German, French and Russian empires.

Watch the video and analyse the following points: 

1. What is the connection between land boundaries and linguistic boundaries in Europe now?

2. Write down 3 geographic differences between the map TODAY and at the beginning of the 20th Century?

3. Was Serbia part of the Austro Hungarian Empire?

4. Write the name of at least 4 ethnic groups inside the Austro -Hungarian Empire. 

Let´s now go on with the situation of Germany and Italy.

Watch the video and answer the following questions: 

  1. When did Germany and Italy become unified?
  2. List Germany’s colonies.
  3. List Italy’s colonies. 

We are now familiar with the Empires at the beginning of the XXth Century and with their strengths and weaknesses. 

We will now take a look at the system of alliances. The following video will throw some light on the alliance system. 

  • Watch the video and answer the questions which follow:
  1. Which cause does the historian in the video analyse in full?
  2. Which other causes are mentioned in the lecture?
  3. How old was the German Empire when the Dual Alliance Treaty was signed?
  4. Why were the Germans paranoid in 1879 according to the lecture? What is the term used to refer to that “fear” the Germans had?
  5. Which countries formed the Triple Entente? Which the Triple Alliance?
  6. What was peculiar about Italy’s role in the war?



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