Category Archives: Musing about the field

What Can History Teachers Do in the Face of Trumpism?

I’ve been thinking all week about justice. Over and over, I keep having one conversation in the faculty room:  as teachers who believe deeply in respecting every student’s individual beliefs, as teachers with students in our classrooms who come from … Continue reading

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The perils of generalizing

My favorite writers about teaching share a holy zeal for change. I’ve been noticing lately that they tend to share something else, as well–a tendency to make sweepingly negative statements about the current state of teaching in the U.S. Whether … Continue reading

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Taking risks: an experiment in letting go of the reins

I barely spoke in my new senior elective last week. When I came into class, I didn’t know what the students had read. I wasn’t sure what we’d be emphasizing in class. No, I’m not confessing to a mid-life crisis. … Continue reading

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Teaching and Learning

I’m just back from a technology conference, and I feel as though I should have something significant to say about technology. I did learn a lot at the conference, but most of what I learned has very little to do … Continue reading

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In the company of teachers

There are lots of good reasons I’m a teacher.  Teaching is fun, and hard, and the only challenge I’ve taken on that seems to me truly inexhaustible.  But the most important reason I’m a teacher is that, after all these … Continue reading

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A Quiet Class

There is nothing in teaching quite like the feeling of being in a classroom full of students clamoring to make their points (it’s particularly nice, of course, if those points are about the subject I planned for the class to … Continue reading

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