My name is Erin, and I’m an archaeologist…

Over the next few months, I hope to share with you some of my experiences and experiments with motivating students in first-year anthropology. Some days, it feels like I’ve tried everything, from Twitter to stickers, and bacon-flavoured crickets to i>Clicker quizzes. I’m always keen to try out options that might generate some interest from students. In next month’s post, I’ll tell you a bit about my latest combination of virtual badges and real life stickers and share a bit about how I’m using these to get people moving in ANTH 100. read more…

  • dateJanuary 27, 2016
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  • posted byErin McGuire
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2016: Trends in Teaching, Publishing, and Anthropology

2015 was a bit of blur for me. I spent the bulk of the year in a post-concussive haze. Thankfully, our team pulled in some great syllabi to share with you, and we relied on experienced instructors to offer us interesting classroom activities. We even corralled a more artsy group of anthropologists to take us on Graphic Adventures in Anthropology. We hope to build on that this coming year, and are kicking things off with our Top Ten Trends for 2016. It’s a strange list perhaps—an intersection of teaching, publishing, and anthropology—and one you might not see elsewhere, but we hope you find some value in it. read more…

  • dateJanuary 19, 2016
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  • posted byAnne
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Four Excerpts from a Four-Field Introductory Textbook

In the weeks leading up to the publication of Through the Lens of Anthropology: An Introduction to Human Evolution and Culture by Robert J. Muckle and Laura Tubelle de González, we posted four separate excerpts from the book on the main University of Toronto Press blog. We would like to round them up here for interested instructors. read more…

  • dateDecember 11, 2015
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Post #AAA2015

I’m still applying moisturizer three times a day to rehydrate after the arid Denver conditions. It was an energizing, exhausting, and momentous #AAA2015 as members voted overwhelmingly in support of the BDS resolution. As well, it was the end of our special Canadian influence at the AAA with Monica Heller finishing her term as President. I missed her presidential address but will see at least some of it realized in a forthcoming book. Thanks for all your hard work over the last two years @anthroprez (now @MonicaHeller4)! read more…

  • dateNovember 24, 2015
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Making #AAA2015 Manageable: The Teaching Culture Top 30

It’s that time of year again, when anthropologists start gathering on Twitter, finish writing their papers, and pack their scarves for the annual AAA pilgrimage. To make things a little easier, we’ve assembled a list of our Top 30 must-attend sessions. As with most lists, it was extraordinarily difficult to whittle things down. This list is by no means exhaustive. Instead, it reflects our interest in ethnography, engaging the public, and of course, teaching anthropology, with a few other important things thrown in to round it out. read more…

  • dateNovember 4, 2015
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  • posted byAnne
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