1. Pick boring, hard, thick, and expensive textbooks that neither you, nor your students have any intention of ever reading.
2. Never give students an opportunity to discuss their own feelings and opinions about course topics.
3. Teach from one and only one perspective and be sure to lecture at a rate of 200 words per minute, every period.
4. Tell students at least once per period that “history is hard.”
5. Remind students at least once per period that you are the fountain of knowledge.
6. Never give students guidance about what is expected on assignments.
7. Never stray off topic.
8. Tell students that history is static, unchanging, and always right.
9. Insist students abandon myths by which they have lived.
(Updated 3/4/14, see this blog post of mine for more elaboration on this point)
Be sure to also see: 9 ways to be certain students will begin loving history.
Please be sure and check out my other articles published here and Inside Higher Ed. I have articles about teaching aimed at students and professors generally and more specifically for those in History or Student Success courses.
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