Teaching Anthropology

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A Mocktail Party in Honor of Rigoberta Menchu

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on A Mocktail Party in Honor of Rigoberta Menchu

Lauren Miller Griffith Hanover College February 19, 2016 Despite the fact that I lead discussions every single day in my classroom for some reason I still struggle with leading discussions of monographs. Yes, I have my standard ‘go to’ strategies (think-pair-share, Socratic style question and answer, etc.), but inevitably the same students speak up and I either have to call on the more reticent students by name or allow them to remain mute. So every now and then I like to bring in a more unusual discussion technique. For example, I might have them do a rudimentary form of content...

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Co-learning in a Blended Environment

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on Co-learning in a Blended Environment

Matthew Trevett-Smith Boston University January 7, 2016 During this 30 minute video, Matthew demonstrates how he and his students develop best practices for co-learning in a blended environment powered by active experimentation, collaboration, and shared responsibility. How our students communicate using such digital tools as Google Docs, email, blogs, Twitter, wikis, websites, instant messaging, news outlet discussion forums, and online virtual worlds such as Fantasy Westward Journey and World of Warcraft has broad implications for our classrooms. As part of an anthropology seminar course,...

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Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer…Can I have an Extension, Please?

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer…Can I have an Extension, Please?

Heidi Bludau December, 22, 2015 Ah, yes, the end of the semester…the time when we rush to catch up on grading, students repeatedly ask what they can do to make up their poor performance the previous 13 weeks of the semester and grandmothers start dropping like flies. This time of semester, I can’t help but be reminded of the classic M*A*S*H* skit where Klinger “receives a letter from home” informing him that his mother is dying and he needs an emergency leave. We next learn of all the previous like letters he has received over time, ending with “an oldie but a goodie – half the family...

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Blog on Teaching Culture

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on Blog on Teaching Culture

Lauren Miller Griffith May 25, 2015 The University of Toronto Press have blog that might be of interest to our readers: http://www.utpteachingculture.com/blog/ They also have three different series that are specifically related teaching anthropology. The ethnographies in their series are very accessible and would be great for undergraduate students. They’re also actively acquiring new manuscripts, so our members might want to consider submitting a...

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Placing Stickers on Student Papers for Positive Reinforcement

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on Placing Stickers on Student Papers for Positive Reinforcement

John M. Coggeshall Clemson University March 2, 2015 As a senior male professor with grey hair and a beard, I have no trouble presenting an image of gravitas in the classroom; I also have a relatively low percentage of A’s in my classes. Thus, I need to find ways to appear “friendlier” to my undergrads without compromising academic rigor or modifying my own personality. I have discovered a simple but effective way to inject a little brevity into grading. My wife and I donate to several charities (e.g., Nature Conservancy), and we get an overwhelming amount of “free” mailing labels and...

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Managing Short-Term Leaves of Absence

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on Managing Short-Term Leaves of Absence

Lauren Miller Griffith February 7, 2015 Let me start by saying that coffee is a godsend and I have no idea how I made it through my first semester on the tenure track without it. Why would I give up such an essential part of my morning (and afternoon…) routine you might ask? The answer is the cooing, squirming, and occasionally screaming, bundle of joy that is currently blissfully asleep in his crib. Our son made his big debut exactly 4 weeks into the semester. I had plenty of time to work on a plan for dealing with my maternity leave, but he still decided to throw a wrench in my plans by...

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