Chris Thompson's innovative approach to Creative EducationFind out about the exciting Scribing Technique. Downloadable Resources providedInteractive approaches to Story telling and downloadable resourcesIdeas for drama in the classroom with all age groupsStory telling and Magic shows for all agesDemonstration sessions, workshops for teachers, and moreMagic shows , Drama through Irish and much more.

What can Chris Offer?

An on-going creative writing programme
intergenerational projects
Supporting the SESE curriculum
Supporting the SESE curriculum
a cultural diversity project
A collaborative novel
Plays For the Backstage
Word Pictures
A Scribing Project
Children's writing
Creative Writing Galleries
Using role-play to inspire creative writing

Two Local Studies Projects

Developing Research Skills using old Newpapers

Making best use of Library Services
If you ask the Guardians of the Time Machine Room to open a window on the past, one of the first resources you may get to see is the collections of old newspapers. Most counties have newspapers that go back more than one hundred years and they are full of fascinating Time Machine windows. However, the pages I make for to use in Local Studies projects are the classified pages. It is amazing what you can find to explore on those pages. I suppose news items generally have a purpose, an adgenda. They often feel like moments frozen in time. The classified pages are different. It feels like peeping in on life in the past whilst no-one was looking. It is all so ordinary, so every day.

For example, for the "My Place 09" and "Explorers" projects, I used a collection of classified pages from 1935, 1947 and 1955. The students were given them to explore freely.
All they were asked to do was to jot down anything they found odd, or funny or that they just didn't understand.

The students made a list of questions about information they discovered in the old Longford leaders. Then they thought about ways they might research the answers. They:
  • went to the library
  • researched on the internet
  • asked older people in the community
  • thought of imaginative theories for themselves
There was a lot of interesting information. Sometimes it was difficult to understand.
The sudents came up with their own theories before exploring the available evidence, Together we made lists of questions we wanted to explore further. Could we solve the puzzles from the past?

Take a look at the Explorers project and the My Place (Local Studies) Project.