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My Favorite First-Day Activity

How a simple class discussion exercise called “The History of Your Lifetime” gets students to teach themselves fundamental concepts of historical thinking.

PowerPoint Basics for Historians (series)

A continuing series of posts explaining ways to use PowerPoint more effectively.

Investing in a Part-Time Community

A widely shared reflection on the dilemma of an adjunct faculty member deciding how much effort and emotion to put into a college community.

Teaching Angry

A post about my plans for discussing the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue attack in class, discussing how to resist hatred through historical study.

‘Silence’ and Historical Presence: Teaching a Novel in the Survey

How I taught Endō Shūsaku’s classic 1966 historical novel Silence in a world history survey course in 2018.