Posted on September 18, 2012
By Mike Gwaltney
With my classroom teaching year beginning tomorrow, I’ve been reflecting yet again on how much has changed since I began my first day of teaching a little more than 20 years ago.
I plan to write frequently this year about how I teach history courses for this information age, not for the last. Hopefully, the writing will help me better understand what I do, and to learn how to do it better. I’m a much different teacher than I was when I started. For example, I used to do these 4 things consistently that I won’t do this year:
- I won’t give a classroom lecture.
- I won’t write notes on a board or in a PowerPoint that I expect students to copy verbatim.
- I won’t assign homework.
- I won’t give a multiple-choice exam.
How can I be a history teacher?