Assigning Specific Roles for Classroom Discussions (part 1 of 2)

Class discussions provide amazing opportunities for students and professors to learn. Creating conditions for productive class discussions is sometimes difficult. This Fall 2015 semester I am going to try using the roles that follow to facilitate more productive conversations. The idea is that each student will do each role an equal number of times overContinue reading “Assigning Specific Roles for Classroom Discussions (part 1 of 2)”

A Few Important Defenses of Sarah Palin

The Sarah Palin presented in the media certainly has problematic ideas, but a few, and very important, words need to be said in her defense. For some time now, I have been deeply disturbed by the images and stills used in articles about Palin. (Photos below as evidence-not to perpetuate such photos.) They are allContinue reading “A Few Important Defenses of Sarah Palin”

Important Conversations: What Does it Mean to Come to Terms With the History of Slavery?

This blog is intended as a reply to my friend and fellow historian Nick Sacco and his blog, “What Does it Mean to Come to Terms With the History of American Slavery?” I encourage others to reply, too!  As Nick said, with this question “the tenuous intersections between past, present, objectivity, and activism all cameContinue reading “Important Conversations: What Does it Mean to Come to Terms With the History of Slavery?”

The Racialization of Clothing

As we move through our world, because such movement is so everyday, we seldom stop to consider the obvious. I frequently think about what clothing signifies to others, specifically the ways in which clothing is racialized. What follows are working thoughts. Please add your own to the comments. 🙂  As we move around at school,Continue reading “The Racialization of Clothing”

Third Annual 4th of July Reflection: Inability to Use Evidence—2015’s #1 Problem

What better time to reflect on the actual State of our Union than on the dawn of the United States’s 239th birthday.  The so-classified Founding Fathers, especially with the establishment of the Constitution, essentially aimed and did recreate (and even perpetuate) pre-Revolutionary Era cultural, economic, and political conditions, only under a different flag and with aContinue reading “Third Annual 4th of July Reflection: Inability to Use Evidence—2015’s #1 Problem”

A Letter to My Students

Dear Students,  Welcome to my class. I am so excited to get to know you, learn from you, and have the opportunity to help you love learning and love History.  As I start my 9th year of teaching, I wanted to share some advice on how to be successful in my class and in all ofContinue reading “A Letter to My Students”

“Blessed” vs. “Lucky” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #20

Lately, I have been thinking about the difference between “blessed” and “lucky.” While both are important in at least that they recognize things happen beyond a person’s own agency, both have completely different meanings and larger suggestions and both vastly oversimply cause and effect. “Lucky” acknowledges the situation or outcome was not inevitable. A studentContinue reading ““Blessed” vs. “Lucky” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #20″

Teaching, Homelessness, Politics, Research: Things On My Mind – Series #2

I find it very odd that we live in a political system and culture that requires ignorance and requires ignoring logic and evidence. One of the biggest (if not the biggest) concerns right now is the environment – but it’s too expensive for the status quo, according to the status quo. I frequently think about the number ofContinue reading “Teaching, Homelessness, Politics, Research: Things On My Mind – Series #2”