So here's my first blog post! I've decided to follow the latest trends in education by creating my own teacher's blog. A number of reasons really. As part of my continuing professional development, I need to be able to evidence reflections on my own practice. A blog should be a great way of recording this information. Secondly, I think I'm one of those people who always gets sudden flashes of inspiration that I think would benefit others - but I always forget those ideas after 2 minutes! Hopefully, if even 1/10 of my ideas can help other teachers then the blog is surely worth it.
As some followers may tell, I have recently changed the look of the website and its content. This year I moved to a new teaching post at Island School in Hong Kong. Something I had been working to achieve for a number of years. Being in a bigger department, it dawned on me that I can't really force other teachers to use this website to share their resources - its a bit egotistical to stamp my name on everything! So I have moved all my regular teaching resources and flipped learning resources to my second site at: www.islandschoolhistory.weebly.com
What remains for mrbuddhistory.com? Well, ideas are always changing. However I have had it in my mind for a number of years to focus the site on supporting other teachers and giving more general history resources and study skills help for students. Combined with the growing popularity of my paid content and revision guides, I'm hoping that this site can grow to be of more useful to everyone involved with history education.
So, feel free to contact me if you have any ideas for the site in the coming months. I still hope to stay focused on its original intention - to help and support teachers and students. When I started teaching history in 2009, one of the biggest issues I had was in accessing quality resources and lesson ideas. There are some good websites out there like activehistory.co.uk for instance. But quality websites for newish history teachers are few and far between. It's crazy considering the number of history teachers across the world who are re-inventing the wheel everyday. My aim was to just simply share so I could at least help new teachers in surviving their first years! Sharing is caring after all.
So, I hope you enjoy the changes to the site and please feel free to contact me with any requests and ideas.
MRBUDDHISTORY.COM was created in 2012 in order to support the learning of students in History. The site is devoted to creating high-quality and accessible teaching and learning resources for history education. Based in Hong Kong, Mr. Budd is a teacher of History at Island School, ESF. Visit www.islandschoolhistory.com for more resources and the latest news from the Island School History Department.