I am a student teacher and struggling with getting content across to my students. I am not a Gove-ist "history is all about dates and facts" type at all, but we do need to know what happened (or what might have happened!) to have any kind of interesting things to discuss (not to mention passing our GCSEs). I have discovered that any more than a paragraph or two's worth of reading and the class switches off - and sometimes even that is a struggle. I find myself bashing my head against a brick wall and attempting one of the following: 1. Trawling the internet (mostly the thinking history website) for some experiential history activity Problem - we still don't always now what happened as a result 2. Trawling the internet for the perfect youtube clip to do the talking for me Problem - a) this is kind of a cheat for the above reason! b) there is no such thing as the perfect youtube clip as my extremely limited hours of sleep demonstrate 3. Creating a worksheet to do the job for me Problem - this is extremely time-consuming (no sleep again) 4. Trying to "trick" the kids into absorbing the content by coming up with "clever" written activities, e.g. write your own placard as a striking miner and a mine owner, making your desires clear, or the classic write-a-letter-to.... Problem - I am tired and not always inspired. Also the kids don't necesarily jump to complete the activity with any more enthusiasm than... 5. Giving up and reading from the textbook, followed by doing the activities in the textbook. OR 6. Giving up and telling them the story myself (which they sometimes seem to like more!) I am starting to feel like I must be missing a trick. How can I teach them the history they need to know to be able to do anything interesting with it without spending 22 hours planning 2 lessons or abandoning the principle of non-didactic teaching? Is this an impossible task? I would be over the moon to receive some advice!