Author Archives: JRM

Oddly Aligned

The Sunday Review regularly produces a reliable number of history-related articles. Without trivializing the current importance of the stories, there are some great AP US History and AP World History connections in Isabel Wilkerson and Neil MacFarquar‘s stories this week (note: … Continue reading

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Let The Ice Melt Slowly

Prior to teaching I simply had no idea it was possible to be THAT physically and emotionally tired at 5 PM on a Friday night; even after 7 years practicing law in Manhattan. I love my job and the organization … Continue reading

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“I’d Like to Chime In”

There are many things I love about Doug Lemov’s post Exit Tickets that Encourage Self-reflection. The substance of it is important – I recently added something similar to my APWH Exit Tickets (I think I stole it from some awesome … Continue reading

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Du Bois Fought Back

Ta-Nehisi Coates brought this article on W.E. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction from the African American Intellectual History Society to my attention via Twitter. I wrote about the current “debate” awhile ago, but Guy Emerson Mount  provides a crucial reminder of … Continue reading

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Enjoy A Big Break

The Myth of a Teacher’s Summer Vacation from The Atlantic sat in my inbox for awhile as a pondered a response. As I approach hour seven of planning (and cleaning out my inbox) on News Year Day, I post it … Continue reading

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Took Pen in Hand

Steve Albini pens a clear call to action this holiday season in describing his work with Letters to Santa. These weren’t impish requests for toys or a new bike; mostly, they were desperate pleas from heads of households asking for … Continue reading

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Well-Written is Not the Same, Necessarily, as Popular

I saved James Snell’s article History is Literature awhile ago and finally got around to reading it. Given the limits on time that delayed this article for a month, I am terrified at the number of books I added to … Continue reading

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Some Quiet Please

I dreaded the phony participation in law school, miss the authentic, quiet, discussion of my undergraduate classes, and struggle with telling A-students’ parents “your student needs to participate more”.  After reading parts of Susan Cain’s Quiet and watching the TED … Continue reading

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“The State’s Biggest Teachers’ Union”

The politics of education either frustrate or bore me – I’m not sure which, but I know it’s not why I teach and coach teachers. I think this article from the Education Gadfly on the recent fiasco in Washington State … Continue reading

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Consolidation of Responsibility

Last week’s Marshall Memo directed me to a fascinating article (and rabbit hole of related articles) on the state of discussion in college classrooms. Jay R. Howard, author of Discussion in the College Classroom: Getting Your Students Engaged in Person … Continue reading

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