I’ve always been the kind of person who has to have at least one creative project on the go at once, so not being able to sink my teeth into a marketing task or work on an event brief at Marble HQ has made my life pretty quiet.
At the start of lockdown I started some art projects to fill my time, like building a ‘fairy garden’ in the woods near my house in Oxfordshire for the little ones to enjoy. After I’d run out of tree space (and paint!) I decided to ask my 9-year old cousin if she’d like some virtual History lessons…
And so ‘History with Hattie’ was born! We began by looking at women’s history as it was a mutual love of ours, so my first lesson plans were on Tudor Queens and the Suffragettes. Having built up my presentation skills in the Marble marketing department, I relished the challenge of building and designing lessons, and this went hand in hand with my passion for History.
The first hurdle was, inevitably, the technology. As I’m sure many teachers will vouch for, delivering lessons via Zoom isn’t the most ideal teaching environment and can create some space for distraction (microphone issues also seemed to be a recurring feature!) However, my student was a dream and we had a fabulous 10 weeks of History learning, delving into Ancient Greek mythology, Victorian portraiture, the dinosaurs, the trenches of the First World War, and more.