Category: Pedagogy

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The semester is ending…

It’s that time of year on college campuses, when we are all feeling the crunch. You may have noticed that our content has slowed down on the site a little recently. Well, it’s a mixture of being buried under grading and generally being ready for this to be over. There. I said it. I am ...

History through Biography*

This term, I’ve focused my upper-level colonial America course on biographies*.  Our books, with one exception, use a biographical lens to examine the time period.  In part, I chose to use biography because European colonists themselves were biographical people; interested in a narrative of who they were, how they came to be in this “new ...

Monty Python and History in Public

Stealing an idea from my good friend and colleague Tara Strauch, I have started sharing songs with my students in the moments before class begins this semester. These are in theory linked to the topic for that day, though not always. This past Friday for example, I was ready for the week to end and ...

DACA in the History Classroom

Stephen Dove is an Assistant Professor of History here at Centre College where he teaches Latin American history.  Thanks for sharing your classroom with us, Stephen! Korean pianists do not normally play a prominent role in my Latin American history courses, but this week that changed. I am the type of professor who views the ...

#myworstgrade

John talks about a negative experience studying for his MA and what to learn from it.

The First Day!

Yes, I needed that exclamation point.  I ran into a student last week who asked when the first day of school stop being exciting.  I told her I’d let her know if I ever found out, but it certainly hasn’t happened yet. The first day of class, however, is hard for professors.  Students tend to ...

We’re Back

We’re back. Or almost back. When we started Centre Trail, we deliberately kept our ideas for the platform fairly open: Tara is an Americanist, I am an East Asianist, and our program’s geographical scope is fairly broad for our modest size. We agreed from the beginning of our planning that we would include our experiences ...