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In Which I Brag About My Students

This semester, I’ve been blogging on my undergrad methods seminar. In the past month since my last post, they’ve begun their research in earnest and our class sessions have turned into research time. If I haven’t been too busy with the class this past month, my students have been extremely busy. I’ve really enjoyed meeting…

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More Historical Fiction, Please!

Students and teachers come to history for many different reasons. My moment was the fourth grade book fair at Hewitt Elementary School, where I bought Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and E.L. Konigsberg’s A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver. I have Austen to thank for my love of literature (and her writing in her…

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How Do We Account for Individuality in Group Projects?

We’ve all known that one group member, the one who doesn’t show up (either physically or mentally) to any of the meetings. We’re also all familiar with that group leader, the one who takes initiative and sometimes takes over. And certainly we’ve all experienced group conflict. Just because you’re in a group with someone doesn’t…

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Don’t Read the Comments

Between midterms and various essays, I’ve been doing a lot of grading over the past month.  By “a lot,” I mean enough to make banging my head against a brick wall seem like a not so bad way to unwind by comparison. (Someone remind me to never again turn down the offer of having my…

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Running My First Mock Election and Why I’d Do It Again

In honor of Super Tuesday several weeks ago, I held an impromptu mock election in my U.S. History survey. The topic was Woodrow Wilson’s World War I diplomacy and the election between Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, whose foreign policy we had discussed the week prior. Maybe it was simply a product of the emotionalism that…

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Guest Post: An Argument for Continental History

Our post today comes from new contributor Dr. Kevin Gannon, who has his own excellent blog, The Tattooed Professor. This post was originally published November 14, 2015.    If you watch sports regularly, you’re probably familiar with the concept of “East Coast Bias.” Teams from places New York, Boston, and Washington, DC, can seem to dominate…

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The Story of Us

When I was a kid, my favorite place to hang out was the library. In middle school and junior high I used to help the librarian (Hello, Mr. Wolford!) shelve books and set up displays. The library was my refuge. And the librarian was my friend. Jump ahead many years and I’m now a librarian.…

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Purpose, Grading, and “Non-traditional” Assignments

One of my students just observed that in my department, “I’m the technology guy.” Now, I’m certainly not a very sophisticated “technology person” but I do like to use digital tools in my classes. Over the past year I’ve had students make a digital database of sources (More on that here), listen to podcasts, create…