I’ve been thinking a lot more about archives over the past year. This may appear odd, given my investment in historical study. In my study and practice as high school history educator engaged with academic history, however, discussions around archives separate how academic historians—producers of historical knowledge—and history teachers and students—consumers of historical knowledge view […]
Students read an excerpt from the book which is entry point to considering how Landers constructed historical knowledge from advertisements for runaway slaves and to learning about how some enslaved people sought freedom
Students used multiple sources to draw defensible conclusions about the plague
After introducing students to the historical processes around understanding plague pandemics yesterday, I guided my classes through primary sources on the Black Death in Europe and the Middle East today. This is such a work in progress that I added documents as the day went on. Like yesterday I used Slides with Pear Deck for […]
Preparing to teach World History can be overwhelming, and this year’s uncertainty—for families, for schools, and for society—intensifies this. Attempting “coverage” of World History is a fool’s game in the best of times, and its impossibility is fully manifest amidst the disruption that is 2020. The evergreen lesson is simple: putting primary sources in front […]
Globalizing content, however is only one step in decolonizing world history. The next step is reframing the context for this global content.
A legacy course haunts contemporary World History classes.
A recent activity in my AP World History classes brought together the original and the current foci of this blog: online pedagogy and decolonizing history curricula. Students in my classes (54 kids), another class in my building (16) and two classes at another school in my district (47) discussed revolutions and the Enlightenment in small […]
Teacher educator Christopher Martell recently tweeted a call for collaboration: We need to build better bridges between historians and social studies teachers/teacher educators, so they know what we do. Starting this today! For the next month, I will follow a new historian each day and hopefully they will follow me back. Join me @NCSSNetwork folks! […]
NB: this lesson is not politically correct, a phrase which I use broadly and literally. It may be illegal in some states.