course design

  • Thinking about teaching 5b: new project for Women’s History

    In addition to coming up with a new term project for my survey classes, I wanted to find something new to do in U.S. Women’s history as well.  In that class last fall, I had students write two short papers, neither of which required outside research. Broadly speaking, they asked students to take the material we’d worked […]

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  • Thinking about teaching 5a: new project for the surveys

    As I mentioned yesterday, I want to revise the projects my students do in both of my U.S. survey classes and my U.S. women’s history class, all of which I’ll be teaching in the fall. For my U.S. surveys, I’ve done two major  projects over time. I’ve most often taught U.S. I, and in it, I often […]

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  • Thinking about teaching 5: priorities, people

    So, it’s almost the end of June, the point where academics (at least those on a semester system) go “OMG school starts two months from now what have I been doing with my life?!” I had big dreams about fixing/changing my courses for the fall, and now’s the point where we get real about what’s […]

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  • Thinking about teaching 4: History of Women/History of Sexuality

    In addition to my U.S. survey classes, which I examined in earlier posts, I also taught 200-level courses on the history of women in the U.S. in the fall and history of sexuality in the U.S in the spring of this past academic year. I’ll be teaching history of women again this fall, which is […]

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  • Thinking about teaching 3

    Having outlined my basic structure for my U.S. survey courses, let’s get down to it. What do I like and not like about how my courses work? (This is long, maybe take a break for a cup of tea in the middle.) The lessons: I love that the “flipped” structure allows us the time to […]

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  • Think-aloud guidelines

    In case they’re of any interest to those who read my earlier post on think-alouds, these are the two sets of guidelines I give students. 130 how to think aloud Spring 2016 130 Reading like a historian Spring 2016

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  • Thinking about teaching 1

    As I mentioned earlier, I want to use this space to think about teaching, from course structure to reading selection to classroom management and approaches. This first post, and several subsequent posts, will be to establish the current structures of my courses, what I like, and what I don’t like. My classes are (if my […]

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