Teacher Feedback

The feedback from the teachers on the day reflected both their excitement about the project, as well as their fears and concerns, in terms of supporting the children through a research process while being mindful of the political sensibilities involved.

 

Here are some comments from the teachers on the day:

“Of all possible history projects this has so many elements of interest to me. I have always been fascinated by the period 1916-22 in the Nationalist tradition as my own grandfather took some part in the War of Independence. However, as the years have gone on, I have learned a little more of the different perspectives on the 1912-22 era of Irish history, particularly at national level. I would love to gain and be able to impart an insight into the different views, which exist, and the different perspectives and truths of the events of this era.”

 

“Only British history is taught to the pupils in my school. I am excited to teach the children some history about Northern Ireland, especially within their own locality – Shankill Road. Children learn a lot of British history but have never visited the settings of these historical events. By learning about local history the children can compare now and then.”

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“I would love to gain and be able to impart an insight into the different views, which exist, and the different perspectives and truths of the events of this era.”

 Thoughts about the nature of ‘history’, the place it has in our schools and how knowledge of the past can affect our actions in the present.”

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“An enlightening experience. Rarely do teachers have time just to reflect. Today’s sessions allowed this to happen. Thoughts about the nature of ‘history’, the place it has in our schools and how knowledge of the past can affect our actions in the present.”

“The opportunity for discussion was very valuable as I gained some ideas from the contribution of others.”

“There was a positive sense of schools working as part of a group, with help from writer and artist.”

“Loved the idea of questions being more important than answers. Leaving with a new found grá for the history of my locality/ country and the wider world. My history teaching has improved already. Very clear, thought provoking facilitators.”

“Rich historic surroundings around our school in Inchicore/ Kilmainham. I am excited and enthusiastic about beginning the project and exploring, 1. How the children interpret these events explored, and 2. How it can be linked to personal/ local history, and also how it can be compared to their experiences of the world today – perspective of an innocent eye.”