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Professor Binns

For those of you who are familiar with the novel series, Harry Potter, you’ll need no explanation about the title of this post, but for others, let’s talk Harry Potter for a minute. Throughout the Harry Potter series, you meet many

Posted in Some Simple Rants On History, Teaching History

Dr. Fea’s Virtual Office Hours

Over at The Way of Improvement Leads Home, Dr. Fea has released his virtual office hours on Manifest Destiny and the Mexican-American War. I find this time period fascinating.  I remember back in 8th grade that this was the point where

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Using Activities To Teach History

Hello friends, It has been a month since my last post!  I apologize for that.  Unexpectedly my job in ResLife and my assignments for my courses all seemed to be placed in this past month.  I’m back now, and though

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Teaching Empathy 3

For the record, I never intended on making this “Teaching Empathy” a series.  I’ve just been finding that the more I am teaching, the more “empathy moments” I come across. Today I was teaching about women’s’ rights and the passing

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Trying To Teach Empathy 2

Hello friends, Teaching went great!  Let me give you a recap of how the class went. I introduced my students to the ideas of “robber baron” and “captains of industry” and I asked an essential question of whether Carnegie and

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Trying To Teach Empathy

Well it looks like Nick and I both want to talk about a similar topic today. For those of you who don’t know, I am studying not only to be a historian, but to also teach.  This year I am

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“Why Study History?: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past”

Hello friends! I’m very excited to announce that starting next week I will be doing a series on a new book Why Study History?: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past.  As someone who is studying the past from a Christian

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Posted in Teaching History, The Ways Historians Think, Thoughts from Other Historians

History Requires Interpretation

Hello friends, For my Teaching History class I am reading History on Trial, a book that walks through the many culture wars of history.  From the very founding of our nation, history has been a topic that has been fought over

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“Why Study History?”

As I eagerly await the arrival of my preorder of Why Study History, I was checking out an artical by the American Historical Association with the same title.  Here is a segment of that article. . . People live in the present.

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“History is useful tool, not answer to every problem”

I can remember that not too long ago, when I used to study history, I used to try to argue points, and only pull up supporting arguments from history, and ignore those that did not help my case.  As I

Posted in Some Simple Rants On History, Teaching History, Thoughts from Other Historians

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