Making History Teaching More Interesting

– Ms Vida Sequeira

1. History Pedagogy Teacher :- Trainees have for the last 3 years attempted ‘dramatization’ of text lessons for Stds V–VI quite successfully. Trainees wrote out the script and trained the class. This was done during Internship.

2. Trainees have also been guided to give ‘activity-based lessons’ :- either during the teaching of the lesson unit or at the close of the lesson.

3. History textual lessons were taught through the ‘Gaming Method’ and games were also used to assess the pupils’ comprehension of the lesson at the close of a lesson.

4. Topics from the Pedagogy paper were given for self-study and presented in the form of assignments (3 years).

5. Bulletin Board Displays :- in pictures and text on topics from school text  – books to familiarize the trainees with textual lessons in preparation for Practice Teaching in Schools.

6. Topics from the Pedagogy Paper were given to each trainee for Paper Reading Sessions followed by a few minutes of discussion. (2 years).

7. Presentation of lessons from school texts using video clippings, computer or OHP slides in addition to C.B. Work and use of pictorial folders (6 years).

8. Text lessons taught with the help of the Concept Attainment Model to teach concepts and the Jurisprudential Inquiry Training Model to enhance the learning of a text lesson through discussion and analysis. General current topics/issues from the daily newspapers were also chosen because of their importance in Stds. VII – IX (5 years).

9. Themes or Topics for the Annual Projects in History Pedagogy are chosen differently for every batch (4 years).

 Eg.  ‡ Socio– religious rituals or ceremonies in Goa

‡ Places of worship and pilgrimage in Goa

‡Historical background and important landmarks of villages/towns/talukas

‡Historical background, importance, achievements, occupations, and landmarks of 10 Talukas in Goa.

‡Write-up on  Goan personality ~ a person who has made a significant contribution to society in any field (2011)

‡write up on a socio-religious theme ~ rare rituals, ceremonies, festivals celebrated in particular temples or churches only (2012)

‡ Topics from Human Development (Paper III, Sec 1) – were presented in five slides though some students did exceed along with a brief write-up (1-2 pages) on the same topic to enhance self reading and writing, referencing; some were presented as part of the lecturer’s lecture by the trainee with little help/ guidance (2012)