Week 9: My Everyday

TUSH {living outside the stacks}

This certainly isn’t my every day, but it is a big honor for me. I’m a new contributor to Teaching United States History, a blog for and about teaching American history survey courses. American history was my favorite subject throughout high school and college. But I was an odd duck. I liked the stories behind the story. Something I didn’t really get to explore until college, when I discovered primary sources. The thought of reading someone’s personal diaries, their letters, their financial records… It all filled me with an unexplainable squee.

I consider myself a socio~cultural historian. I’m interested in the people behind  the social revolutions and the cultural movements. In my classes, my students listen to music, watch clips from various television shows, read excerpts from popular novels of the day… We use this information as a stepping stone for deeper discussions about history and how it impacts the world in which we live. My hope is that when my students leave my classroom history isn’t just a foreign concept, but a tangible thing that affects their daily lives.

But that is just a special part of two days a week, when I’m in the classroom talking with my students.

My every day is waking up way too early, taking pictures of my morning coffee, showing students where to locate books for research and for pleasure

My Everyday Library Books {living outside the stacks}


My Everyday Outside the Library {living outside the stacks}

catching my kid acting silly outside the library.

I’m participating in a 52 Week Project with Lashawn from Everyday Eyecandy. If you’d like to join or follow along on Instagram, use the hashtag #eyecandyproject52.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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  • Juanita

    Congrats, Daenel! I, too, like the nosy things of history. Have you ever watched the TV show “History Detectives”? Love that show because I love research and they do a lot of that on this show. On a disturbing note…don’t know if you’ve heard of this trend…cursive writing has not been taught for awhile, at least in some areas, and we have teenagers (I know personally) who can’t read cursive…the first thing I thought was that they would not be able to read old letters, diaries, historical documents, etc.! What are some educators thinking???

    • Thank you. I have watched “History Detectives”. I love love love those kinds of shows. And “Mystery at the Museum” and everything. In fact, we discuss those shows in my class because some of the stories are interesting and it kind of helps to bring the class full circle.

      I leave notes on my students’ work and was informed that they have a hard time reading it because they haven’t been taught cursive. Even though I remembered reading about cursive not being taught, this is the first time I’ve ever encountered the by-product. And, gosh, it broke my heart.

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