How I learnt the American State Capitals and why…


My teaching year next year seems to be dominated by America. I’m leading an educational visit to New York and Washington next April 2015 and I’m delivering Year 13 courses on American Civil Rights and American Politics. Meanwhile, we teach the War in Vietnam at GCSE and we want to begin a new topic, in our department, on American Presidents.

I’ve also been very interested in revision this year and have blogged about this already here.

Therefore, I set myself the challenge to not only learn the 50 American States by heart and where they were but also their corresponding state capitals to improve my subject knowledge but also as a memory challenge. We are constantly asking our students to remember things so it’s good, just once in a while, to put ourselves in our students’ shoes. I did this primarily by quizzing myself and re-quizzing myself using the…

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