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)

An unfinished series of posts explaining simple (and a few moderately advanced) ways to use PowerPoint more effectively and with less fuss.

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.