To My Students:

To my students, past, present, and future: I usually write entries to this blog with my colleagues in mind, but this time, I want to write something, very briefly, for you. You will always be welcome in my classroom, no matter where you come from, no matter what language you speak, no matter how you…

American Yawp: Student Feedback Results

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been teaching with the American Yawp online textbook this Spring semester. At the conclusion of the semester, I had my students complete a brief survey about the course, which included questions about Yawp, what they liked about it, and what they didn’t. The results were very…

Extra Credit: To Offer, or Not to Offer

I am extremely ambivalent about extra credit. On one hand, I am convinced that most extra credit is utterly worthless, if not downright counterproductive. It has the potential to provide students with an incentive to do shoddy work on their regular assignments, or shirk them altogether. It has become so ubiquitous that students simply expect…

Categorizing History

Next semester (like every semester), I am going to try something new in my U.S. History survey courses. At the beginning of this semester, when I asked students in my U.S. history survey courses what they wanted to learn, many of them said something like “anything and everything” or “I just want to learn about…