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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Pap/Psc edition (2 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415713412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415713412
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mike Gershon is an expert educationalist whose knowledge of teaching and learning extends across the age ranges and the curriculum. His online teaching tools have been viewed and downloaded more than 2.6 million times by teachers in over 180 countries and territories. They include the now famous Starter Generator, Plenary Producer and AFL Toolkit, all available at www.mikegershon.com.

He is the author of 21 books on teaching and learning, including numerous bestsellers. All of Mike's work is closely focused on the practicalities of pedagogy; teachers across the world return to his toolkits and writing because of their relevance to the classroom and the immediacy with which the ideas can be implemented.

He is also the author of 8 books on thinking and work skills - the Gershon Business Essentials series. In these books, Mike brings his knowledge of business and thinking to bear on different aspects of working life such as time management, how to think creatively and how to deliver outstanding presentations.

Mike writes on teaching and learning for the Times Educational Supplement, trains teachers around the UK, acts as an educational consultant for various organisations and continues to teach Social Sciences and Humanities at secondary level.

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About the Author

Mike Gershon is a teacher, trainer, writer and educational consultant. He is the author of sixteen books on teaching, learning and education, and the creator of some of the world’s most popular online teaching and learning tools. Mike’s resources have been viewed and downloaded more than 2.6 million times by teachers in over 180 countries and he also writes regularly on pedagogy for the Times Educational Supplement. Find out more and get in touch at www.mikegershon.com.


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It is always exciting when a new book comes out on history teaching, and I was therefore keen to get my hands on a copy of Mike Gershon’s new book Teach Now! History, part of a series edited by Geoff Barton and including books written by Alex Quigley and Tom Sherrington. History education is a highly complex field, and there are already a number of quality publications available targeted at new and early-career teachers (Davies, 2011; Husbands & Kitson, 2012; Harris, Burn & Woolley, 2013). It is important, nonetheless, that we keep pushing our professional knowledge base, and so I was excited when Gershon’s book came through the post. After reading the book, however, my enthusiasm and interest turned to disappointment, and then despair.

Although there is still a wide range of practice ‘out there’, I would nevertheless say that history education has moved on in a number of ways over the last twenty years. Sadly, there is very little in this book which reflects these changes. A good example of this is how sources are used in the classroom. The section on using sources in this book begins with a conceptual error where Gershon treats the words ‘evidence’ and ‘source’ as synonymous, where really he should be stressing that things that survive from the past (sources) get used as evidence in response to some particular question. This conceptual misunderstanding is revealed in the activities on p.10, all of which I, as a mentor, would be criticising trainees for doing. The idea that pupils can judge the ‘limitations’ or the ‘relevance’ of a source without going in with a question is mind has been shot out of the water by history teachers over the last twenty years. Gershon shows another conceptual error on p.12 where he states that sources possess a property known as ‘credibility’. They do not.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AEU on 27 May 2014
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I've been teaching History for 8 years and now spend some of my time training Graduate Teachers. This book is a great refresher for me whilst also representing a really important guide for any new History teacher. It is comprehensive in its focus without swamping the reader with unnecessary information, and helps to break down the multitude of components that are involved in teaching History in a very clear fashion. I wish this had been around when I was doing my PGCE! It doesn't have all the answers - and neither does it claim to - but it does act as a really useful starting point.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pam on 3 Sep 2014
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