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Richard R Johnson
HIST 570
Seattle Campus

Topics in Teaching History

Topics include active learning, teaching writing, assessment, and course design. Designed for history graduate students working or planning to work as TAs or instructors. Students produce a teaching portfolio and conduct peer observations. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

This course, taught in conjunction with the Department of History's Lead Teaching Assistant, will introduce students to some of the latest scholarship on pedagogical theory and practice. It is designed with flexibility in mind, to accommodate incoming and continuing TAs as well as those planning to teach their own courses, while at the same time engaging overarching themes that concern teaching more generally. In addition to developing habits of critical reflection in teaching - thinking about why, what, and how you teach - this course will help you build a practical "tool kit" of effective techniques for classroom use, the components of a teaching portfolio, and tangible resources for offering future courses.

Student learning goals

See course description, above

General method of instruction

One two-hour meeting each week. A format of discussion, individual reports, and the exchange of prepared materials, with visits by experts in different aspects of teaching and curricular preparation.

Recommended preparation

This course is inteneded for graduate students in history.

Class assignments and grading

A choice of assignments - including the construction of course syllabi, sample exam questions, a statement of teaching philosophy - will allow participants to tailor the requirements to their specific interests. The course is offered on a credit/no-credit basis.

Completion of class assignments


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Richard R Johnson
Date: 04/11/2007