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Assigned Readings: Strategies and Ponderings

To mark the beginning of the fall semester at most US colleges and universities, we would like to return to our series of blog postings by the Anthropology Teaching Forum (ATF) at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Here we … read more…

  • dateAugust 24, 2015
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  • posted byLeah McCurdy
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Getting Real and Making it Relevant: Teaching Introductory Anthropology

I survey my students on the first day of class to find out why they’ve come and from that data I know to treat their arrival as a gift. I’ve got just one chance to make anthropology relevant to their lives. If I try to treat them as potential colleagues—as anthropologists-in-the-making—I risk alienating them. That risk rises if I require them to read textbooks thick with hundreds of pages of abstract or alien information. Will all that “stuff” survive a few months’ brain storage let alone a lifetime? If not, then it might be better to get something anthropological to stick for their lifetime. In this blog post I provide a few concrete examples of the pedagogical approaches I use. read more…

  • dateFebruary 27, 2014
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  • posted bySarah Mahler
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Announcing a New Anthropology Book Series

Despite a stubborn polar vortex that just doesn’t want to go away, we’re focused on spring and the renewal it promises. So it seems an auspicious time to formally launch our new series designed for undergraduate teaching. Anthropological Insights will feature very brief books (80 to 100 pages or 35,000-50,000 words) that introduce students to contemporary anthropological research. read more…

  • dateFebruary 10, 2014
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  • posted byAnne
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Flipping Anthropology: Take Two

It wouldn’t be right to close out the year without somehow addressing / acknowledging / assessing the huge amount of energy and attention that was given over in 2013 to discussions of flipped learning (as opposed to MOOCs, which faced a pretty healthy backlash in the second half of the year). I contributed to this energy sink as well… read more…

  • dateDecember 31, 2013
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  • posted byAnne
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We’re celebrating our first anniversary!

A blog is only as good as the community it supports, so we want to thank our community members for their enthusiastic participation in our first year. You’ve made this endeavor an incredibly rewarding experience. Here’s hoping that the second year will prove to be as much fun! read more…

  • dateNovember 15, 2013
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  • posted byAnne
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