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teaching history



  • “A Keen Vision and Feeling of All Ordinary Life”: Pandemic Journaling in the History Classroom

    by Michelle Orihel

    Since memory is essential to functioning in our daily lives, we all think historically to survive, even if only to question ourselves: “Did I pay that bill yesterday?” In answering that question, we reconstruct yesterday’s actions in our minds and perhaps even search for physical (or in today’s case, digital) evidence of that task. There it is — historical thinking!



  • AHA Receives Major NEH Grant to Fund COVID-19 Initiative

    The American Historical Association is launching a major new initiative to help our members and their colleagues with the challenges of being a historian, and a history teacher, in a virtual environment.



  • Explaining Today

    by Ed Ayers

    The leader of a web-based digital history initiative argues that normal ways of teaching history fail students by ignoring the nature of injustice in favor of a triumphal narrative of steadily expanding freedom. 


  • Graduate Students: NOT THE WORST

    by Michelle Nickerson

    A history professor celebrates her graduate students' idiosyncrasies and their outstanding work under duress as redemption for a calamitous semester.



  • Brave New Classroom: Lessons from the First Six Weeks

    by Hannah Leffingwell

    This crisis has pulled the ground out from under us all—professors, researchers, doctoral students, and undergraduates alike. But in truth, the weak spots revealed through this crisis have long existed.