Saturday, February 25, 2017

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming

I am quite sure that most of my regular readers (ie my parents) prefer my posts about life and work in Sulaimani to those linking to my work on the Soviet deportation of the Chechens and Ingush or the CIA's role in removing Nkrumah from power in Ghana. So I am returning to my posts on the mundane experience of my personal life. This week went well. I covered the Atlantic slave trade in Civ 102 and incorporated my personal visits to the slave castles of Elmina and Cape Coast in Ghana into my lectures. I try and do this as much as possible because I have found that it helps the students relate to the topic much more if they are able to link my first hand accounts with the text. It might be my best pedagogical trick.


derRach said...

Real life applications can win students' hearts whereas all the theory falls by the wayside. Be true to thyself! I am glad that you are rewarded by the success of your students.

But please come around once in awhile to posting new research on the history of Germans in Russian and Germans from out of Russia, nicht wahr?

nemo said...


You have loads of life experience you can connect ur lectures to. And I would suggest ur VERY good wit is powerful teaching tool as well.

If you had been my civ prof, I would have academically stalked you LOL