Monday, August 8, 2022

Ready for Fall Semester

The last time I taught American History, it was a face-to-face class.  Preparing to teach online has gobbled much of my summer.   All the PowerPoints and cute little stories of which those notes remind me need to be written.   Blackboard has Course Documents which are roughly equivalent to a face-to-face lecture along with the textbook reading for each week.  Of course I include maps, pictures, and videos as appropriate (Gatling Gun in use, machine tools in action for American Industrial Revolution), the opening scene of Glory, the Battle of Cowpens from The Patriot, Washington's inauguration from John Adams.  Stirring drama that tell the stories in ways both educational and entertainingA surprisingly reverent and respectful rap version of "The Ride of Paul Revere."

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