Embracing Wikipedia in the Classroom

You know you use it. Whether it is on the regular or in a moment of weakness, Wikipedia is there for us inside and outside of the classroom. For some students, it is there for them in the middle of class. This tutorial will show students, and teachers, how to properly use Wikipedia for scholarly research.

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What Did I do? (Part 2 of my blind leap-fingers crossed)

Two years after countless hours researching, multiple textbook changes, and assembling a coherent, comfortable, and successful class structure, I entered my first high school classroom. I agreed to teach a course for the college (first period…7:30 am…A.M.! The lecture doesn’t come close to this kind of cruelty) at a local high school.

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Facing History and Facing Ourselves: Teaching Resources

FacingHistory.org is an excellent FREE resource for thoughtful and interactive teaching activities, videos, and material. I used resources from their Reconstruction unit in my class this semester. Continue reading “Facing History and Facing Ourselves: Teaching Resources”

Does History Matter? A History Teacher Confesses

Every semester on the first day of class I ask my students, “does history matter?” I have them write down why they think it does or does not matter to them or society, as a whole, and then we discuss their answers. But I have a confession…

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Research 101: My Top 5 Research Tips Everyone Can Use

I am writing this as I am prepping for a new semester. The first thing on the agenda is to give students the tools they will need to conduct quality research for throughout the semester, with the hopes that they see the value in finding legitimate sources and continue to go the extra step in their everyday life (cough, cough, fake news.) Did anyone else notice that we replaced the term “propaganda” with “fake news”? Does the term “fake news” sting less when we realize we have been bamboozled? Anywhoooooo, here are a few research tips and tricks to avoid bamboozlement and become a research wiz. Continue reading “Research 101: My Top 5 Research Tips Everyone Can Use”

The Lecture a.k.a. Medieval Torture Device (Part 1 of my blind leap-fingers crossed)

Ahhhhh, yes, the lecture. What would an education blog be without opinions on pedagogy? The concept of the lecture can be traced back to the Medieval university, when books were as hard to come by as people literate enough to read and interpret them. Continue reading “The Lecture a.k.a. Medieval Torture Device (Part 1 of my blind leap-fingers crossed)”


Welcome to History is Dead! The place where you will find out that while, yes, most historical figures and societies are technically dead, the history of these elusive people and events is thriving and more important than ever. History speaks for the dead and influences the living, it plays an active and vital role in our lives from our personal heritage to the ways our governments interact.

This blog is my place to release the realities of teaching, triumphs and tragedies, to spare my family and friends the ramblings of my teacher’s mind. This is also a place to find and contribute teaching resources for history/social studies and general academics, surprisingly hard to find I have found (the history part anyway). Many of the techniques and strategies I post/find can be used for many disciplines and a variety of grade levels with appropriate adaptations. I hope to connect with other educators and any person interested in history, learning, and education.

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