You have chosen…wisely? Textbooks for Almost-Surveys

Last month, I wrote about my decision to walk the fine line between survey and seminar in my upcoming American Crises module. Having decided upon my six crises, I now turn my attention to finding the one, indispensable, utterly comprehensive, miraculously...

The United States in Thirty Hours

Can a US History survey module be taught in a single semester? A quick internet search seems to suggest that the answer is no; throughout the Anglophone world, the year-long, bifurcated survey predominates. US History 1 and US History...

Citations: Bane of the Student, Bane of the Master

Excellence in student writing is contingent on many things; the most important of these are form and content. Yet, in the rush to achieve sufficiency in the latter, the former is often woefully discarded. I do not expect perfection...

Anonymous Marking and the Damage it Causes

Some time ago, before the start of conference season, I spoke about what I saw as the myth of gendered writing. The original aim of that article, the morality of anonymous marking, will now be presented. Let us begin...

Playing the Game: Subverting The Triangle Trade

I am a proponent of game-based learning. Over the past seven years, it has become increasingly evident to me that games not only better engage my students than raw discussion, but also encourage me to better explain the nature...