On Teaching High School

“Hey! Hey Sir!” Some words just cut right to the cerebellum. ‘Sir’ is not normally one of them, but I was at the Shawville Fair, and ‘sir’ isn’t often used in the midway. I turned, and saw before me a student from ten years previously. We chatted; he was married, had a step daughter, another one on the way. He’d apprenticed, become a mechanic. He was doing well. I was glad to see him. “So, you still teaching us assholes up at the school?” No, I was at the university. “You guys weren’t assholes.”. A Look. “Yes, we were. But … Continue reading On Teaching High School

Some Assembly Required: teaching through/with/about/by/because of, the Digital Humanities (slides & notes)

I’m giving a keynote address to the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education conference, at Carleton on Thursday (10.30, River Building). I’ve never done a keynote before, so I’ll confess to being a bit nervous. ‘Provoke!’ I’ve been told. ‘Inspire! Challenge!’ Well, here goes…. These are the slides and the more-or-less complete speaker’s notes. I often write things out, and then completely adlib on the day, but this is more or less the flavour I’m going for. Some Assembly Required: Teaching through/with/about/by/because of, the Digital Humanities from DoctorG [Title] I never appreciated how scary those three words were until I … Continue reading Some Assembly Required: teaching through/with/about/by/because of, the Digital Humanities (slides & notes)

Introducing Voyant in a History Tutorial

This week my HIST2809 students are encountering digital history, as part of their ‘Historian’s Craft’ class (an introduction to various tools & methods). As part of the upcoming assignment, I’m having them run some history websites through Voyant, as a way of sussing out how these websites craft a particular historical consciousness. Each week, there’s a two-hour lecture and one hour of tutorial where the students lead discussions given the lecture & assigned readings. For this week, I want the students to explore different flavours of Digital History – here are the readings: “Interchange: The Promise of Digital History” The … Continue reading Introducing Voyant in a History Tutorial

The Classroom Unconference

I teach HIST2809A, The Historian’s Craft. Each week we have 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial with a TA. This term, I have 102 students in the class. Over 12 weeks, I try to instill a measure of reflexivity in my students, in their approach to primary documents. In my assignments, I have them transcribe primary documents, analyze visual evidence (photos, paintings, etc) and even some material culture. As a final assignment, I do a variation of the Forgery Game and we try to approach the same problems from 180 degrees the other direction. At the midway … Continue reading The Classroom Unconference

Teaching Network Analysis

I had a conversation with Scott Weingart the other day, prompted by this plaintive cry: Brain is broken this AM. Need suggestions for inclass exercises to teach SNA. Can't depend on there being computers: must be analog. Help? — Shawn Graham (@electricarchaeo) October 15, 2012 Backstory: I’m teaching a class where we are looking at maps and networks and archaeological data, as ways of understanding how cities and countryside blur into one another in the ancient world. Last week, we played iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma’s with playing cards (thanks to this site by Alannah Morrison) as part of a discussion about … Continue reading Teaching Network Analysis