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  •  Wonderful diary! (10+ / 0-)

    You write with style and clarity. I suspect your students were lucky to have you as a professor.

    •  Blushing here (1+ / 0-)
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      Well, I tried. Some of them thought so. Others thought I made them work too hard. I took that as a compliment.

      •  History is not an easy subject to teach post-secon (1+ / 0-)
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        Otteray Scribe  It's required in the first couple of years, but for so many students who have never had a history teacher who was a storyteller, it's merely a collection of names and dates to be memorized.  It's a chore, not an adventure.

        Primary research, as you write, really does open up the real world of an era.  Your students seem to have been drawn in and encouraged to use whatever critical thinking skills they may have had.  Although all us teachers are told how important it is for a student to learn how to think for him/herself, so few leave high school without that understanding.  Thanks for putting it out there to your students.

        Courtesy is owed. Respect is earned. Love is given. (Unknown author, found in Guide to Texas Etiquette by Kinky Friedman)

        by marykmusic on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 05:21:34 PM PDT

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