Teaching Resources & Strategies
Gaps, Plots, and Narration
Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Nov 10, 2021Jeffrey Wasserstrom argues for the value of assigning historical fiction alongside more traditional nonfiction readings.
The Purpose of Purposeful Ignorance
R. Raoul Meyer | Nov 3, 2021History starts with questions, and behind genuine questions is a humble acknowledgment of not knowing.
Teach Your Family
Rachel Mesch, Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, and Annette Joseph-Gabriel | Oct 14, 2021A pandemic-inspired twist on class presentations, Teach Your Family asks students to think not only about conveying information but also...
Playing with the Past
Patrick Rael | Oct 13, 2021Board games encourage history students to imagine changing historical outcomes and discuss counterfactuality and contingency, while covering the entire range of Bloom's taxonomy of learning.
Evaluating without Grading
Luke Clossey and Esther Souman | Sep 14, 2021Mastering a skill is at the heart of the specifications grading system.
The Professor as a Primary Source
Julianne Johnson | Sep 9, 2021In telling students about her experiences on September 11, 2001, Julianne Johnson makes herself the primary source—and demonstrates the interplay of history, testimony, and memory.
Teaching Content, Teaching Skills
Katharina Matro | Aug 17, 2021Teaching history at the high school level does not need to default to teaching skills alone, as Katharina Matro found...
Motivate, Situate, Evidence, Illustrate
Joseph D. Martin | Aug 16, 2021Educators might better serve students by dragging the complexities of the primary–secondary source divide into the light earlier in their education, and more often.
Public History in the Wild
Rebecca S. Wingo and Lindsey Passenger Wieck | Jul 26, 2021When two historians swapped a syllabus over multiple semesters, it improved both the assignments and student experience.