My most recent publication is now available in the new issue of the November 2010 issue of the journal, The History Teacher. The essay focuses on how I use Ken Burns’s Civil War documentary in class and is based on a talk I gave back in 2007 at the first biennial meeting of the Society For Civil War Historians. [Click here to read the essay (pdf file)]
One of the things that I’ve enjoyed most over the past few years is the opportunity to work with fellow history teachers on how we can better teach our subject. As much as I enjoy sharing what has worked for me with others I have to say that I’ve learned just as much from my colleagues. This coming year will be incredibly busy in this regard. In January I will be leading a TAH workshop with W. Fitzhugh Brundage on the Civil War and historical memory and in April I will take part in another workshop here in Virginia that was organized in response to the recent 4th grade history textbook controversy. I am also involved in an ongoing effort to secure an NEH Grant for a workshop that will take place next summer. Finally, I am very excited to report that I recently accepted an offer from the New York Times to write an essay on the challenges of teaching the Civil War during the sesquicentennial.
Let’s always remember to teach our children well.