A few days ago Kevin Levin asked about ways to teach secession beyond the Charles Dew formula. At least that’s what I thought he was getting at. I considered it quite a bit and prepared some comments, but went back and read Kevin’s post more closely and found that he appeared to be baiting his … More Teaching Dew
Well, this class is finished and I am not certain what the students might takeaway from it. I can imagine that they have developed good analytical habits, and some of them might indeed employ then in constructing a good argument. But I’ll never know. Years ago the museum guy John Falk talked about “will have … More Class summary: thoughts on Calder
So, about that… Last week we covered the Fundamentalist movement of the 1910s and 1920s and read quite a bit about the Fundamentalist disdain for the chaos and complexity of modernity. Now, I didn’t realize this until I went back and re-read the primary documents on Nazi Germany, but much of their rhetoric regarding art, … More I accidentally Godwinned my students
Despite my grandiose speculation in the last post, my report for this week is rather mundane. They are doing well. In fact, I had looked forward to this week because I figured the topic of the Fundamentalist/modernist debate of the 1920s was sure to spark opinionated debate. But they have turned in rather … More Week 4 review: I’ve squeezed the fun of history out of them, and they are doing better…I think.
This winter session class is my first experience with teaching Lendol Calder’s “cognitive moves” and, frankly, I don’t know how the students are getting along, but I am learning a lot. This week’s assignment submissions will be critical in assessing how its all working, but I’ve already started to get a sense of what is … More Thoughts half way through the session
I have been busy at #AHA2014 this week and the students did quite well on their assignments, so I have very little to talk about this time. On the assignments they were to repeat the question exercise from last week and then find connections between documents. They largely did this, though the connections tended to … More Week 3 review: all quiet on the Arab front
… is at John Fea’s blog.