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
catching my kid acting silly outside the library.