Found in my bag after giving a workshop to Year 5 at Torriano School, London

Found in my bag after giving a workshop to Year 5 at Torriano School, London!

Responses from Children

“You have really inspired me to be an archaeologist, along with my friend Simon, so THANK YOU!!!!!”
Emily from St. Peter’s Junior School, Nottingham

“Thank you for teaching us all about the Maya and I think I want to be a Maya archaeologist!”
Summer from Butler’s Court School

“You’ve been to my school today and I enjoyed it, also learnt a lot 🙂 thank you!”
Grace from Corpus Christi School

“I am from Donhead Preparatory School and I liked your workshop today a lot. Thank you very much!”
Will from Donhead Preparatory School

“Hi Dr Diane Davues, it is an absolute pleasure to write to you. If you remember, you visited our school yesterday-Thursday-West Park Primary, and your inspiration to be an archaeologist really determined me to be one. I really enjoyed the day – I learn a lot about the Maya. I hope we meet again!
Hafsa from West Park Primary School

 

A wonderful thank you letter from a child at Castlemorton Primary School, Malvern

 

Responses from Teachers

“Many thanks once again for your efforts in making the subject so inspiring for our children in recent years.”
Susan Bush, Curriculum Development Leader, Torriano Primary School

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for this week for coming in to speak to the children.  They have really enjoyed making a start on their writing and I look forward to sending you an example of one.”
Rachel Wolman, Hertsmere Jewish Primary School

I attended your workshop at the HA conference in May and just wanted to say thank you so much for inspiring me to choose the Maya for my non-European society unit. It was great to meet someone who is so passionate about their subject and who understands what teachers need to bring the Maya to life in the classroom. It really gives me credibility in the classroom…looking forward to purchasing your book- it’s been really tricky to find decent resources up to this point.
Selina King, Head of History at Holywell School, Bedford.

“Thank you. I really enjoyed learning about the Maya and about your role as an archaeologist”

“It was one of the best workshops I have attended. It was great to go to the British museum…a great and enthusiastic lecturer which filled us all with loads of ideas and enthusiasm with which to teach”

“…expert, first-hand knowledge, ways of using the topic in the classroom, making the subject fun and inspiring, seeing the artefacts in the British Museum”

“Having someone who has first-hand experience and such passion! It was great thank you!”

“The workshop has given me a much better subject knowledge and greater confidence in teaching the Maya, We also received a resource pack, internet links and contact details for further questions”

“I feel much more confident about teaching the topic than before the course, great – thank you!”

“The subject knowledge and delivery of Dr Davies – very engaging! I feel I have gained good subject knowledge, it was a great day, very useful and engaging”

“I learned loads about the Maya and have got lots of teaching ideas, thank you for today – you are obviously very passionate about what you do”

“Very informative, clearly delivered in an interesting way, super course”

“I feel a lot more confident about teaching the Maya than I did before I started this morning. It was a very interesting course and I did enjoy it”

“I was very impressed with your workshop, which provided so much more than I expected. Your dedication and passion was clearly evident and was the major strength as your teaching was clear and easily understood. It was also a very inspiring day”

“Very informative and so interesting. Thank you so much. Your passion for the Maya is infectious. I am looking forward to teaching this subject now and have a lot more confidence”

“It was fantastic – I am off to watch documentaries and read more about the Maya. Thank you!”

“I am feel very confident to teach about the Maya now, especially with all the extra resources given which we know are accurate!”

“The workshop was so informative – objects, pictures, museum trip -made it really interactive. I really liked doing the initial brainstorm and the the wrap-up felt like I had really learnt something”

“Excellent workshop. Thank you very much, very useful workshop – invaluable!”

“I thought it was an excellent day and your energy and enthusiasm really carried the class. Thank you”

“Very informative and relevant to classroom teaching”

“Really loved the information pack! Great list of resources!”

“Absolutely fascinating – the lesson planning activity was great. It was wonderful for the workshop to be led by someone who is so passionate about making Maya history accessible and known about”

“Excellent value – a lot cheaper than other similar training courses”

“The day was broken-up well. Very interactive and casual – not ‘lecture- format and so maintained attention, good pace and resources. Very friendly and approachable”

“It was really brilliant. Thank you very much! I want to visit Mesoamerica now”

“Thank you! It was very informative and well led giving ideas/inspiration for transferring information given into the classroom”

“I would actually say that the workshop should cost more – it’s very worth the money”

“It was really useful! I would recommend this to other students/teachers”

“The content was vast but the key points used were excellent. The myths about the Maya were removed. I gained a new found respect for the Maya and their culture and the workshop was delivered in a teacher friendly way”

“I feel like I could make a really interesting scheme of work for the Maya culture now”

“Inspiring topics for practical application, thank you for you time, a really enjoyable and inspiring day”

“To have someone so knowledgeable and approachable speak to us, also visiting the British museum and having an expert explain the lintels there”

“It was nice to learn from someone with so much passion for the subject”

“Thank you for sharing your experience, it was very enjoyable and interesting”

“It gave a really good overall understanding of the Maya and provided a really good starting point. I feel like know some good main themes to explore further and I know how to break it down to reach as a topic.”

“Thanks so much! Excited to teach kids about Maya history!”

“Thank you, it was an excellent and informative day. I am glad I took the time to come even though it was in the holidays.”

“Fantastic workshop – Thank you”

“I’ve learnt so much and am excited to teach it now and have some great ideas for planning”

“Excellent for teacher subject knowledge and resources given. Great to see actual artefacts in museum and have them explained”

“Thank you very much for this inspirational and educative workshop, it’s been a pleasure”

“Lots of valuable information and handy resources”