The “Big Idea” History Syllabus

1. Whereas 99.9% of the past is forever lost to direct analysis, the past and everything that has ever happened anywhere (history) is different from the study of what has happened (History). Historians aim to assemble and examine stories about the past and Homo sapiens, a past full of complexity and simplicity, a past that showsContinue reading “The “Big Idea” History Syllabus”

Discussing the Excitement of History and the Classroom with Professor Brady Hutchison – Interview Series #5

Yesterday I talked with my friend, Professor Brady Hutchison. He is so passionate about history and about teaching and is a really nice and interesting person. Enjoy the latest installment in my interview series.  Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda (AJP): Hi Brady. I really appreciate your participation in my interview series! Are you ready to talkContinue reading “Discussing the Excitement of History and the Classroom with Professor Brady Hutchison – Interview Series #5”

Discussing Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Classroom with Dr. Tracy Butler – Interview Series #4

With this blog article, I am happy to bring you the next installment in my Interview Series. (There are many more to come!) In May, I talked with Dr. Tracy Butler about her teaching. Dr. Butler is a professor at the University of Houston and teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program andContinue reading “Discussing Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Classroom with Dr. Tracy Butler – Interview Series #4”

Spring 2017 Final Exam Class Selfies

Last semester my students and I started a new tradition of taking a class selfie during the final exam period. This semester I had a selfie stick that I bought for the occasion! These class selfies are below! Enjoy! I had wonderful students again this semester.  Fall 2016 Class Selfies can be found here. TeachingContinue reading “Spring 2017 Final Exam Class Selfies”

Teaching Tip: The Pop Quiz to Top All Pop Quizzes Ever!

Today as my students in Mexican American History II and then in Texas History entered the classroom I announced that we were going to have a pop quiz and that this pop quiz would top all pop quizzes ever, anywhere. This prompted a variety of entertaining reactions and prompted a great deal of laughter! NextContinue reading “Teaching Tip: The Pop Quiz to Top All Pop Quizzes Ever!”

Will + Skill ≠ Success: Intersectionality, Student Depression, and Reality

In their introduction to college textbooks, Sherrie Nist-Olejnik and Jodi Patrick Holschuh explain to students that college success can be achieved with the appropriate skill and will. In other words, they argue that if you know how to read, study, and write at the college-level, for example, and if you are appropriately motivated and set goals, college success–inContinue reading “Will + Skill ≠ Success: Intersectionality, Student Depression, and Reality”

5 Reasons Skits Belong In Your Classroom, too

Almost every semester, I have students do skits–over a reading, theme, or something else. You need to use these, too! Here are five reasons why:  Skits are quick. Students only need 10-15 minutes to prepare and their skits are usually 2-3 minutes at most but can, of course, easily be adjusted. Groups of 2-5 work great.Continue reading “5 Reasons Skits Belong In Your Classroom, too”

An Open Letter to Employers (Please respect our students.)

Dear Employers in the United States, Many of your employees are students of mine. I have been teaching for ten years now, and I see it every single semester: Students, my students, have to miss class or even have to dropout sometimes because you will not accommodate their classes, because ultimately, you don’t respect theirContinue reading “An Open Letter to Employers (Please respect our students.)”