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Using Clickers in the Classroom

Classroom clickers have been adopted in lectures as a means to keep attendance and make assessments about student learning. The most straightforward use of clickers would allow instructors to record and track attendance by asking students questions during the lecture. … Continue reading

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The Value of Game Play in the History Classroom

James Gee’s What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy prompted me to think about the value of game play in learning. For Gee, one value of video games is that they allow students to create an … Continue reading

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Digital Technology, and Content Creation in the Classroom

I have written previously on effective ways of teaching history, and what students should learn in a history course. It is important that students gain command over thinking historically, and learn content thematically. This investigation has been largely unidirectional in … Continue reading

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Teaching a US History Survey with an Emphasis on Historical Themes

Following my reflection last week on the balance of content and skill building in the history classroom, I wanted to learn more about how content is organized and taught. I wondered if there was a way to organize the content … Continue reading

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Balancing content and skills in the history classroom

Debates about what students should learn in the classroom reveal a tension between the importance of content and skill building in History teaching.  In “The History Curriculum in 2023” article, T. Mills Kelly argues that an emphasis on skill building … Continue reading

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Revamping the Lecture

What happens when students walk away from a class without learning what their instructor anticipated?  Eric Mazur, a Professor of Physics at Harvard, encountered this very problem with his introductory Physics classes. Mazur found that most students became good at … Continue reading

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Questioning Diversity in Higher Education

The Civil Rights Movement is often held up as the grand moment in US History. It was a moment full of potential and promise that the country was moving towards equality and fully realized democracy. Such a framing of the … Continue reading

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