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How to Reframe the Civil War in the Classroom (controversial!)

Recommendations for teachers who want to avoid promoting discredited and dehumanizing propaganda about the United States’ defining war

“Many Students Are Now Taught in School to Hate Their Own Country”

My response to the “1776 Report,” a statement on U.S. history education that was issued by the Donald Trump administration in its final days

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

How to Find Good History Books: A Rough and Incomplete Guide for the Perplexed

Four pieces of advice for readers trying to find better works of history to read

PowerPoint Basics for Historians (series)

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

The Liberal Arts, the People, and the Pandemic

How the COVID-19 crisis exposes the importance of making an integrated liberal-arts education available to the whole public

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